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Ford CEO Alan Mulally Talks at 2010 Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention in Dearborn | by Michigan Municipal League (MML)
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Ford CEO Alan Mulally Talks at 2010 Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention in Dearborn

The Michigan Municipal League was honored to have Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally as the speaker for the league’s general session during out 2010 Annual Convention in Dearborn, Sept. 21, 2010. Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly Jr. introduced Mulally as "our local rock star" at the welcome general session of the League's 112th Annual Convention Tuesday night (Sept. 21, 2010) - and that's exactly how it felt as Mulally slowly made his way to the front of the Grand Ballroom, shaking hands with local leaders and posing amid the flashes of the media cameras. O'Reilly compared Mulally to the company's founder, Henry Ford, and that parallel remained evident throughout Mulally's speech, as he talked about the company's vision for the future and its roots in the past, all the way back to 1925 when Henry Ford ran an ad in the Saturday Evening Post entitled "Opening the Highways to All Mankind." Today, Ford's vision is focused solidly on what Mulally described as the three main issues facing the world today: economic development, environmental sustainability and energy independence and security - principles that are echoed in the eight assets of the League's own 21st Century Communities initiative for building vibrant, vital communities. The audience had fun shouting out their own cherished Ford brands, from one Wayne councilmember's classic Model A to another official's 200,000-plus-miles Mercury Marquis. One of Mulally's final messages for local officials: "We need a 'profitable growth for all' plan." Read more about our Convention, Sept. 21-24, 2010, at convention.mml.org. Learn more about the League and what we do at mml.org. Read a blog post about Mulally’s talk and other blogs from the 2010 Convention here: www.mml.org/events/annual_convention/cv10/blog/

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Taken on September 21, 2010