May 14, 2019
On Friday, May 3, EGLE resumed its tradition of hosting periodic meetings with leaders of organizations who regularly engage with our team on policy issues and regulatory matters. We held one 90-minute session each for business/trade associations, environmental/conservation leaders, and multi-disciplinary/local government associations.
“Our external partners have been respectful of our time and attention in the first four months of 2019, as our leadership team has focused on listening to and learning from our staff, visiting our district offices, and navigating our transition to EGLE,” Director Liesl Clark said. “Robust communication and collaboration are two of my top priorities for the department, and these meetings were a great early step in supporting ongoing positive working relationships with leaders who are deeply interested in our work to protect public health and Michigan’s environment.”
Building from the informal meet-and-greet open houses the department hosted for stakeholders in January and February, these gatherings were more structured and substantive.
Liesl opened each meeting with an overview of top priorities for her first 100 days as director and her vision for the department under our new EGLE new structure.
Division leaders then highlighted programmatic and operational goals at the top of their lists, followed by our three deputy directors describing their roles. The balance of the time was devoted to listening to partners and taking their questions.
In the coming weeks, we plan to launch similar periodic engagement with additional constituency groups. Moving forward, we will likely host these opportunities for give-and-take with external partners on a quarterly basis, welcoming participants to suggest topics and help us set the agendas.
“Like our staff listening sessions at Constitution Hall and in the district offices, these conversations revealed how much we have in common when it comes to the kind of Michigan we want to leave for future generations,” Clark said. “While we will certainly disagree from time-to-time along the way, I left these meetings confident that we can achieve great things for our state by working together.”