Founded in 1978 the Great Lakes Bay Economic Club (GLBEC) encourages the exchange of ideas on economics, business, and policy. Members of the GLBEC forum addresses a wide range of economic issues affecting the Great Lakes Bay Region. The GLBEC achieves this by having meetings with high-profile speakers that initiate members to interact and network allowing the cultivation and collaboration of economic knowledge. Together we serve as a major source of discussion on a wide range of public issues and together we promote the study and exchange of ideas on social, economic, and political topics.