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2013 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List

For the fourth consecutive year, there will be a To-Do List of concrete action items resulting from the Mackinac Policy Conference discussions in order to hold Conference leadership accountable for the upcoming year. Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah and ITC Holdings Corp. Chairman, President and CEO and 2013 Conference Chair Joseph Welch shared the list with Conference attendees this afternoon during a session moderated by DPTV’s Christy McDonald. The action items outlined are as follows:

1. Convene businesses and community colleges to better link the talent needs of employers with community college program offerings.

2. Expand the successful “lessons learned” trips to U.S. cities (e.g. Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C.) that can help inform the ongoing renaissance in Michigan’s major urban centers.

3. Expand upon the cyber security lessons learned at the Mackinac Policy Conference by developing and executing efforts that help inform the business community of 21st century cyber threats.

4. Coalesce the regional business community to support comprehensive immigration reform that helps drive economic growth and a pilot program in Michigan.

5. Promote the Detroit region as a growing and vibrant IT and entrepreneurial hub.

6. Commit to celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit – its successes and its failures – at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.