Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lots on the plate for Birmingham and Bloomfield Chamber breakfast meeting

The Film Forecast breakfast meeting, to be hosted March 10 by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, is still on but there will be a little more on the plate than originally planned.

Emery King
"Initially, the focus of the program (which is part of  a four-part forecast series) was going to be on how southeast Michigan has benefitted from the growth of this new industry, and how local businesses have tapped into this new opportunity," said Joe Bauman, president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber.

Since Gov. Rick Snyder proposed changes to the controversial film tax incentives that have been credited with bringing Hollywood to the Motor City, the gathering has become a little more serious.

"Now, we want to further the debate on whether these tax incentives have helped or hurt the region, and their continuing impact on the state's overall fiscal health," Bauman added.

The program kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at the Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham. Scheduled speakers will include Emery King, Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and chairman of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council, Advisory Council vice-chair Jim Burnstein, and founder and managing partner of the Oakland County-based S3 Entertainment Group, Jeffrey Spilman.

Seating for the breakfast and program is limited, so participants are asked to register at The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber website. The Townsend Hotel is at 100 Townsend Street, between south Bates and Pierce streets in downtown Birmingham. 

Today's Muse
Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds -- Norman Vincent Peale, minister and author of "The Power of Positive Thinking."

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