2013 Event

Building Michigan’s Energy Future:  How a Smart Energy Policy Will Create Jobs and Power Michigan’s Economy

Date: May 17th, 2013


Twenty-first century prosperity is on the horizon, based on energy investments that serve as stimulus to the overall economy

The message of the conference centered on the development of a national energy policy that would advance the production of domestic energy sources. America is at a crossroads and the production of domestic oil, gas, solar, and wind energy will create thousands of jobs and put our nation on the path to energy independence. If you’d like to watch the complete video of all speakers, you can do so here.

Over two hundred people from the business, industry, legal, non-profit, labor, and public sector attended the “Building Michigan’s Energy Future” conference held on May 17, 2013 in Livonia.

Keynote Speaker: John Hofmeister, Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy

“When it comes to energy and Michigan, my former company saw Michigan as the training ground for hundreds of new energy professionals working in the oil fields of Northern Michigan.  Today, these resources are more attainable than ever.”
Mike Nystrom, Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association

“Working side by side with our policy makers, we can come together and create an energy policy that makes sense for our state and our country.”
Terry O’Sullivan, General President, Laborers’ International Union of North America

“This is a landmark gathering for Michigan. Its symbolic of a new, promising, and powerful partnership of Labor, management, industry, and state government, working together to create a new American energy renaissance.”
John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute

“We can become energy self sufficient in North American in a dozen years.”
David Sowerby, Portfolio Manager, Loomis Sayles & Company

“Just think about it:  $2 gas in the Marcellus region. You start selling that to Ohio. Where do you ship it through? What kind of construction jobs are related to that.”
Valerie Brader, Deputy Legal Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor, Gov. Rick Snyder

“Michigan is in an epicenter of a natural gas economy. And we need to make sure we take advantage of that.”


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To leverage the skills and resources of Michigan Laborers and its union employers to build our state, and to work as a team to secure projects and jobs, increase union-sector market share, advertise their services, develop a workforce, and advance shared market-related interests. Together, Michigan LECET looks down the road, sees where the construction industry is going, then musters their resources to make the most of the future.