The Center for Michigan comes to northwest Michigan to hear from you!

The below press release was received from the Manistee Alliance for Success:

ONEKAMA, MICHIGAN  – People interested in Michigan’s future should plan to attend a discussion led by the Center for Michigan on October 29, 2013 at the Farr Center in the Village of Onekama.  The Center for Michigan, a non-partisan nonprofit organization that focuses on identifying and conveying the opinions and priorities of Michigan’s citizens to policy makers, will lead a “Community Conversation” to identify concerns and issues that will be conveyed to candidates participating in Michigan’s 2014 elections. This is one of over 150 similar sessions that the Center will lead throughout  Michigan between now and April that will involve over 3,000 Michigan residents.

The session will be held on October 29, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Farr Center, 5823 Main Street, Onekama, Michigan 49675 and is being co-hosted by the Manistee County Community Foundation and the Alliance for Economic Success.   The Center will also host another Community Conversation on October 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Benzie County at the Homestead Township Hall, located on US 31 near the Village of Honor.  Those interested in attending the Onekama session should RSVP by calling 231-723-4325.  Participation will be limited to the first 40 RSVP’s.  People interested in attending the evening session at Homestead Township Hall should RSVP by calling Paul Sadows at 248-464-1800.

In November 2014, Michigan voters will choose the next governor and all 38 state Senators and 110 members of the state House of Representatives. The Center for Michigan believes that the voices of Michigan should shape the focus of this election and Michigan’s path in 2015 and beyond.   Discussion topics will encompass:

  • How you feel about Michigan today
  • Education
  • Economy & Prosperity
  • Quality of Life
  • Priorities for Spending Public Funding

By asking a number of non-biased, objective questions and using electronic voting, the opinions and views of participants in the October 29th and all similar Community Conversations are confidential.  The Center hosted a similar conversation in Manistee County about the future of education in Michigan about two years ago.

The Center never endorses political parties or candidates for office but rather seeks to frame public issues with public input and outline for public leaders what the public wants.  The work of the center is supported by many of Michigan’s leading foundations, businesses, and individuals.

To learn more about the Community Conversations and the Center for Michigan, visit

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