About the Club

Where Leaders Meet Leaders

Founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization, the Washtenaw Economic Club’s speaker history boasts a Who’s Who of business and political leaders, journalists, sports figures and other celebrities.

In 2010, the nonprofit Washtenaw Economic Club disbanded and the new Washtenaw Economic Club became a special program within Washtenaw Community College. Approximately 200 members enjoy the opportunity to network, provide client entertainment, offer employee incentives and learn from fabulous speakers at Washtenaw County’s elite business club.

Mission Statement

The goal of the Washtenaw Economic Club is to be a forum for identifying and discussing economic issues that directly impact the business community and for discussing ways in which economic analysis plays a role in the decision making process for the business community. This includes:

  • A convenient place for fellow professionals in business economics to convene and discuss important issues on the local, state, regional and national scale
  • An avenue for speakers to present in-depth topics of special interest to business leaders in the metro area
  • Opportunities for universities, community organizations and other professional groups to gather and discuss current issues with local business professionals

Next Event

Please join us!
Thursday, September 3
The Impact of Education on the Economy
Sponsored by Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative and
Washtenaw Economic Club

Timothy J. Bartik, Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

According to the W.E. Upjohn Institute, early childhood programs don’t just affect individual children, they affect labor markets as well. Timothy J. Bartik, Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research will present the economic payoff for investing in high-quality early childhood education. Bartik is nationally known for his research on state and local economic development, has written two books on the economic benefits of early childhood programs and blogs about topics related to early childhood.

Dr. Bartik will join Margy Long, Director, Success by Six, and Scott Menzel, Superintendent, Washtenaw Intermediate School District for a panel discussion moderated by Jan Barker, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the Washtenaw Economic Club 2015 Lecture and Luncheon Series HERE.