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Business leaders prepare for Mackinac conference

May 10, 2019

WoodTV.com

Rick Albin

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference will be held three weeks from now.

On Friday, leaders from both the Detroit and Grand Rapids Chambers of Commerce, as well as the West Michigan Policy Forum, talked to reporters about this year’s agenda.

About 1,700 attendees will talk about challenges and problems facing the state. They will also discuss successes and how to capitalize on progress made when it comes to the economy and employment in Michigan.

Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy CEO and chairwoman of the conference this year, says that education will be one focus, noting business leaders worry about the lack of performance of Michigan schools.

“The conference is perfectly timed and perfectly positioned opportunity for people to sit down at the table together and really talk about what is the best outcome for Michigan and stay in that space,” Poppe said.

Another important pillar for the conference will be encouraging lawmakers and other elected officials to work together as one Michigan.

“What we want this conference to be is a convening of those policymakers, creating the space where we remember that we’re one team here, we are not fighting each other. Our victories come together. Our losses come together,” Poppe said.

The conference will be held the last week of May on Mackinac Island.

Reforming auto no-fault is also expected to be discussed, which is another priority for many of the business leaders who will be in attendance.

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