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May 18, 2015

Speakers

Peter_Hutchinson_headshotPeter Hutchinson

Accenture Consulting Strategy Lead for State, Provincial and Local Government

Peter Hutchinson leads management consulting strategy at Accenture for state, provincial and local governments. He focuses on the toughest issues facing those who lead public organizations of all kinds throughout the country. He specializes in the creation of new solutions to challenging problems as well as providing leadership coaching and advising. Hutchinson is well-known as a courageous leader and innovative problem solver in business, government, education and nonprofit organizations. He has served as a deputy mayor, superintendent of schools, and state commissioner of finance as well as a senior executive at Target and president of a major private foundation. He has successfully led teams working on systemic, transformational change in governments large and small on projects ranging from education, healthcare and human service transformation to incubating public sector innovation and budget reform.

 

Rick_Snyder_headshotThe Honorable Rick Snyder

Governor, State of Michigan

When Rick Snyder became Michigan’s 48th Governor in 2011, he pledged a commonsense approach to governing that focused on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems.
With the self-proclaimed moniker “one tough nerd,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective for Michigan’s citizens.  In his first term, the state has passed four balanced budgets, eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation.
The Governor’s background as a successful job creator has helped him better serve Michigan, producing results that earned him ‘Public Official of the Year’ in 2014 from GOVERNING magazine.
In Governor Snyder’s first term, Michigan created nearly 400,000 new private sector jobs. Today, Michigan’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in 14 years.
He successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan that has provided affordable and quality healthcare for more than 500,000 hard-working Michiganders.
Among his greatest achievements, Governor Snyder built a bipartisan coalition of Michiganders to put Detroit on a path to success.
With the Governor’s unwavering commitment, Detroit has emerged bankruptcy poised to be one of the great comeback stories in American history.
The Governor’s “Relentless Positive Action” has brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan’s future.