Chamber Forum: How early-childhood learning can affect business

Dr. Timothy Bartik, author and senior economist for the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, will be the featured speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg's Tuesday Forum breakfast on March 6.
Tribune Staff
Mar 1, 2012


Chamber officials say Bartik is one of the country’s top economic development experts, specializing in state and local economic development policies and local labor markets. 

In his most recent book, “Investing in Kids: Early Childhood Programs and Local Economic Development,” Bartik says that investment in human capital and workforce development must be made early — before future employees enter kindergarten. He shows that the effects of quality early-childhood programs on regional economic growth and per-capita income are significant enough to make them equal to, or superior to, economic development strategies such as tax abatements and job training.

The event will provide an understanding of how research supports quality early-education programs as a means to achieving economic development goals, according to Chamber officials.

The breakfast will be held at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave., from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

The cost for breakfast is $20 for members of chambers of commerce throughout West Michigan and $30 for nonmembers. 

Reservations are required by March 3. To make a reservation or for more information, call 842-4910 or e-mail

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