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January 13, 2020

Gov. Whitmer to speak to Great Lakes Bay Economic Club at SVSU in advance of her ‘State of the State’ address

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will speak to the Great Lakes Bay Economic Club about her vision for the future of Michigan during a special meeting of the club Friday, Jan. 17 at Saginaw Valley State University. Her talk will come less than two weeks before she delivers her State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Gov. Whitmer is expected to provide a preview of portions of her State of the State address. Her priorities include working to ensure every Michigander has an excellent public education and a path to a good-paying job, every community has clean, safe drinking water, and everyone can drive to work or drop their kids at school safely, without blowing a tire or cracking a windshield.

Entering her second year in office, Gov. Whitmer has signed executive directives to clean up Michigan’s drinking water, end discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity, secure equal pay for equal work, and expand opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses.

Prior to being elected governor, Whitmer served in the Michigan House of Representatives and the State Senate, where she served as the Senate Democratic Leader. 

Her visit to SVSU comes just weeks before the university is expected to publicly open its 38,500 square foot building addition for the Scott L. Carmona College of Business; the construction project received $9.8 million in state funding. A public dedication is planned for late February.

Registration for the Jan. 17 luncheon will begin at 11:30; lunch will be served at noon in SVSU’s Curtiss Hall banquet rooms. The program with Gov. Whitmer is scheduled from 12:20 to 1 p.m. More information is available at

Founded in 1978 the Great Lakes Bay Economic Club encourages the exchange of ideas on economics, business, and policy on a wide range of economic issues affecting the Great Lakes Bay Region. The club achieves this by having meetings with high-profile speakers that initiate members to interact and network allowing the cultivation and collaboration of economic knowledge.