At the first annual Commercial Board of Realtors’ (CBOR) Back to Business Lunch at the Dearborn Inn on October 17th co-sponsored by CBOR and Ford Land, Governor Rick Snyder delivered a keynote speech to the 500+ real estate professionals in the audience.
Attendees were there to network, celebrate the most significant real estate transactions in the past year and listen to Governor Snyder’s remarks on some of the greatest challenges continuing to face our state.
While the guests sat down to an “all Michigan grown and prepared lunch”, Governor Snyder addressed some of the accomplishments in his administration’s first 9 months and outlined what else is planned in the coming months and years. One may have issues with the Agenda, but certainly not with the ambitiousness of the overall plan. All of these goals and measurements are the backdrop for a very simple plan: To once again make Michigan the VALUE place to be where the environment is one where residents can grow their businesses and flourish. Simply put, the Governor’s plan is to REINVENT Michigan through job creation and making it a cool place to live, work and play so our brightest and most gifted children remain in the state after college.
The Governor remarked we’ve been in “crisis mode” so long that we’ve become hesitant to act and the real crisis has become a crisis of determination. Some of the other action items in the Governor’s plan included getting rid of the regressive Michigan Business Tax, helping local governments reform if they so choose, creating a healthier population through health and wellness and ensuring our children are scholastically prepared for college. There will be other keynote speeches in the near future on our need to upgrade our aging infrastructure, locating and attracting talent to our communities and the most important challenge of changing the culture in our state.
What the Governor spent most of his time speaking about was the “culture change” that must take hold in our state for all of us to succeed. The Governor challenged the audience to stop pointing fingers, become a part of the solution and to sign up for what he termed “RPA … Relentless Positive Action.” Become a part of changing the conversation from negative to positive, focus on what you can do to improve yourself, your community and our state and help spread the RPA message so we all become more positive and the rest of the country sees these positive changes in Michigan, which is already beginning to occur.
Governor Snyder ended with the comment that he’s got a plan and the metrics to measure his success, believes Detroit will once again rise up and flourish and that he’s very proud to be the Governor of the great state of Michigan.
The event ended with recognizing those real estate professionals who were involved in large transactions in the state. It is hoped the Governor’s message we can all succeed together will be spread throughout the state.
Author: Robert E. Mattler, Green Agent Man, representing GreeningDetroit.com