Detroit Policy Conference

Detroit’s momentum is undeniable. A testament to an unwavering spirit and resilience. As business and downtown thrive, the next step is to infuse the city’s proud and historic neighborhoods with similar opportunity. The 2016 Detroit Policy Conference , held on Feb. 24, 2016 at MotorCity Casino Hotel, brings business, civic and government leaders together to meet that challenge.

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, to Deliver Keynote Remarks

Portrait of David Maraniss by Lucian Perkins

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author and Detroit native David Maraniss will deliver a keynote address at the 2016 Detroit Policy Conference. Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, will share reflections from his best-selling book, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story,” about the city at its pinnacle in 1963. As outlined in the book, cars, music, labor, civil rights—much of the American dream was defined by this Detroit quartet. Yet, as Maraniss writes, the shadows of collapse were evident even then: unfair housing laws kept communities segregated, harsh labor regulations changed employment prospects, and Woodward Avenue divided not just east and west but “haves and have-nots.”

Maraniss is the author of seven best-selling books, including “First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton.” He won the Pulitzer in 1993 for his coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton, and again in 2008 as part of The Post’s coverage of the Virginia Tech campus shooting.

Please note, prices increase on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

For 2015 session recaps, highlights and videos, view the Session Recaps and Highlights page.