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Chamber economic lunch featured George Biltz's speech about creating economic growth

Publish Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Local business professionals met at Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Sept. 10 for the Lansing Regional Chamber's Economic Club Luncheon, co-sponsored by CIBER, featuring keynote speaker George Biltz.

Biltz, corporate vice president of The Dow Chemical Company, spoke to the 320 people in attendance about the current state of Michigan's economy saying, Michigan is a great place to be in such a time because we are being forced to challenge ourselves and transform. The idea of taking a new path to find light at the end of the economic recession was a prevalent concept throughout the luncheon as Biltz later referenced Albert Einstein's famous definition of insanity.

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results," he said quoting the physicist.

Biltz went on to say he is excited about the prospect of creating economic growth by focusing on “four pillars”—technology, energy, environment and manufacturing.

“I urge you to make a personal commitment to look for new valuable solutions,” Biltz said looking out into the crowd, which included his daughter, a Michigan State University senior.

The next Economic Club meeting will take place October 21 following the 8 a.m. healthcare symposium, “Changing Times.” Peter Pratt, the senior vice president for health and human services at Public Sector Consultants, will speak about the changing times in healthcare.