State chamber president to keynote legislative forum

A forecast for Michigan’s legislative climate and the potential business impact of pending legislation in Lansing will be the key topics when the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber holds its monthly Legislative Forum luncheon meeting June 21 at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St. in Southgate.

The featured speaker will be one of the state’s best-known business advocates, Richard Studley, president and chief executive officer of the Lansing-based Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Studley’s chamber career spans nearly 30 years, starting in 1981 as manager of taxation and labor relations. He served as senior vice president of government relations from 1997 to 2004 and as executive vice president from 2005 to 2008. In July 2008 he succeeded longtime leader James Barrett as the organization’s top official.

In June 2009, Studley and the Michigan Chamber were recognized as Lansing’s most effective organization and single-issue lobbyist in a survey of 300 Lansing insiders conducted by the Michigan Information and Research Service. A 2006 survey of capitol opinion leaders compiled by Inside Michigan Politics also ranked the state chamber as Michigan’s “most effective lobbying organization.”

Cost to attend the SWCRC forum is $15 per person. Registration opens at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30. The program will begin at noon and conclude by 1 p.m.

Advance registration is requested by calling the chamber office at (734) 284-6000.

Businesses and individuals interested in being a sponsor for this legislative forum or future chamber forums can contact Forum Coordinator Mary Jarosz at (734) 479-0156 for details. Sponsors receive promotional benefits and also are able to participate in a pre-forum reception with the guest speaker.