May Can Do! Panel Focuses On Economy

Can Do! will focus on engaging in the economy in a meaningful way for its May monthly program. A panel of community speakers will discuss their unique perspectives at the Charlotte Community Library at 7 a.m., Wednesday, May 24.

Panel speakers include Stacy Anderson, transition coordinator with Eaton RESA; Kristoffer Hulsebos, a Charlotte High School senior, local entrepreneur and “5 Minutes Tops winner; and a representative from the Eaton College Access Network.

The panel discussion will focus on opportunities and services available in Eaton County and Charlotte that allow community members to help improve local economic and career prospects, especially for college, high school and trade school graduates.

“Attendees will hear about local data connected to graduation rates and college enrollment, as well as career outlooks,” said Bill Barnes, Can Do! president. “We are also excited to welcome Kris who will share his perceptions as a young entrepreneur, and how he has taken advantage of regional and local opportunities.”

The presentation is designed to generate conversation around the local economy from a perspective that’s not often heard, Barnes said.

Each month, Can Do! programs focus on one of the “Seven Elements of Healthy Communities” from the standpoint of community vitality and prosperity. Each time, the four pillars of Can Do! come into play, which are Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Charitable Assets and Youth. As each “element” is discussed, community leaders and interested individuals become more aware of the vision, strategies, resources, and trends in our region.

The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S. Bostwick St., in Charlotte, Mich.