Detroit Policy Conference

Pitch Detroit

The competition will shine a spotlight on Detroit entrepreneurs, giving four finalists the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a panel of expert judges and over 800 Conference attendees. Learn more.

Continue Reading
David Maraniss to Deliver Keynote Address

Portrait of David Maraniss by Lucian PerkinsPulitzer 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.”

Continue Reading

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.

Power Perspectives Speakers Discuss Neighborhood Revitalization and Solutions 

Attendees will hear Power Perspectives from three passionate individuals who are helping sustain Detroit’s momentum by supporting and strengthening neighborhoods throughout the city.

Each Power Perspective speaker will share brief remarks on how their work in the city they love inspires attendees to take action in Detroit’s revitalization. Power Perspectives are sponsored by Grand Valley State University.

bing-editDave Bing
Former Mayor
City of Detroit
Under his administration, Bing helped improve city services such as public safety, blight removal and the city’s bus system. In recent years, Bing founded the Bing Youth Institute, supporting programs and activities that are designed to improve the academic, behavorial and social wellness of young men of color.



Gwendolyn Butlergwen-butler-edit
Vice Chairwoman and Chief Marketing Officer
Capri Investment Group
Real estate management company, Capri Investment Group, is working to attract investors to downtown Detroit. A Detroit native, Butler works on Capri’s real estate equity, structured finance and mezzanine transactions, and has raised capital to support the firm’s investment activities.



Lauren Hood-edit

Lauren Hood
Acting Director
Live6 Alliance-Detroit
Hood is a community development expert leading Live6 Alliance-Detroit, a planning and development organization that acts as a conduit between anchor institutions and their surrounding communities with a particular focus on the McNichols and Livernois corridors.




Mayor Duggan to Expand on State of the City Address on Detroit’s Momentum

mike-dugganMayor Mike Duggan and Stephen Henderson, 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner and editorial page editor at the Detroit Free Press, will engage in moderated discussion at the 2016 Detroit Policy Conference.

This discussion will give the business community a chance to hear firsthand from Duggan the day after the State of the City address. Duggan will shed light on key issues for the city and how improved services are just the beginning for neighborhoods. This session is sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel.


Transforming Detroit’s Neighborhoods Through Financial Literacy

JHBFinancial literacy has the power to transform neighborhoods, unlock the potential of entrepreneurs and accelerate the city’s revitalization.

John Hope Bryant, CEO and founder of Operation HOPE and founder of Bryant Group Ventures, will engage in a moderated discussion on efforts underway to encourage financial literacy throughout Detroit.

Building off his powerful keynote address at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference, Bryant will stress the importance of connecting individuals who have great ideas to resources and other assets in hopes of creating a new class of entrepreneurs that feel empowered to break the cycle of economic poverty.

As part of a Mackinac To-Do List item, the Chamber has been working with Bryant and Mayor Mike Duggan to recruit corporations to host HOPE Inside Centers throughout the city. HOPE Inside Centers across the nation have successfully raised credit scores on average by 120 points by providing credit and home ownership counseling, entrepreneur training and money management workshops.