What is The National Summit?
The National Summit was convened by the Detroit Economic Club (DEC) on June 15-17, 2009. It engaged top business, government and academic leaders with participants to focus on four issues of vital importance to America’s future in the global economy – Technology, Energy, Environment and Manufacturing. In December, the DEC revealed America’s To-Do list – the consensus policy recommendations developed at The National Summit. Those recommendations also will be presented in Washington and discussed at DEC meetings throughout the year.

Who are some of the prominent leaders who were there?
The list of leaders who attended The National Summit reads like a “Who’s Who” of some of the most influential people of our times. Co-Chairpersons are William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, and Andrew Liveris, Chairman & CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. Click here to see the complete list of speakers.

What was the format for The National Summit?
Each day of The National Summit started with a general session featuring a panel of nationally recognized, cross-industry business, government, academic and other leaders who discussed Technology, Energy, Environment and Manufacturing in the context of a global economy. Concurrent Town Halls followed, each comprised of 300-400 in-person participants. The discussion was moderated by a prominent journalist and led by a four-person leadership team, (comprised of two CEOs, a senior government official and an academic or other expert). Daily “Summit Up” closing sessions, comprised of cross-industry CEOs, senior government officials and other prominent leaders, summarized the ongoing discussion and reported the findings of the electronic voting data collected at the Town Halls. Throughout the three-day summit, corporations, entrepreneurs, universities and others across America showcased and celebrated their breakthrough ideas for the future at The National Summit Innovation Expo.

For more National Summit Innovation Expo and Summit 2009 News. Click here!