Head to Crystal Mountain resort in Thomspsonville the weekend of November 14–16 to explore what lies ahead for Michigan as the state moves through dramatic changes in coming years. The gathering, a conference called Michigan’s Future: Energy, Economy and Environment, features some of the state’s and nation’s preeminent voices in these areas of critical importance to the state’s well being.

The conference, just a half-hour southwest of Traverse City, Michigan, will examine the challenges facing Michigan, assess strategies for turning things around, and seek to create a new vision for the state’s future, according to conference literature. Thirty speakers will address such diverse topics as peak oil, electricity generation challenges and solutions, automotive and transportation opportunities, climate impacts and future scenarios, and many more.

The event kicks off Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a discussion about the root causes of Michigan’s economic situation. A highlight of the evening will be a presentation by Richard Heinberg, a renowned author on the topic of energy and peak oil, who will discuss the global energy situation.

The conference is limited to 200 attendees. Register at futuremichigan.org.

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