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Michigan roads, infrastructure examined in WMU talk

March 19, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University alumnus and president of a major trade organization will take a closer look at how the state pays for roads and infrastructure when he speaks at his alma mater Friday, March 26, as part of the Keystone Breakfast Speaker Series.

Michael Newman, who graduated from WMU in 1973 with a degree in business administration, will discuss "Transportation and Infrastructure Funding in Michigan--The Stimulus Impact and Future Financing" in the Dean's Conference Room of Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the presentation at 8 a.m.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Newman is president and managing director of the Michigan Aggregates Association and the affiliated MAA Foundation. The MAA is a Lansing, Mich., trade association that promotes the interest and growth of the construction materials industry through legislative, regulatory and public policy advocacy. Newman has held his current position with the organization since 1995.

Previously, Newman served as president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Restaurant Association and as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Michigan Retailers Association. He was appointed to the Michigan Water Resources Advisory Council in 2005 and serves as co-chairman. The council provides guidance to the Legislature and Executive Office on water use issues concerning the Great Lakes, inland lakes and other aquatic systems.

Newman has also served on the boards of the Trust for Resource Allocation Council, Michigan Society of Association Executives and the National Aggregate and Concrete Executives Group. He has served as chairman of the latter two boards.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series is underwritten through the generosity of Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear prominent business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business issues and corporate strategies as well as key information regarding the continuing progress of the college.

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Media contact: Valorie Juergens, (269) 387-5964, valorie.juergens@wmich.edu

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