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Michigan's New Governor to Join Conversation on Detroit's Future

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will address attendees at the 2019 Detroit Policy Conference. Whitmer, Michigan’s 49th governor, will share how her priorities of closing the skills gap, investing in infrastructure and strengthening good government will benefit business and individuals in the Detroit region.  View the full agenda here. 

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Event Details
Thursday, February 28
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MotorCity Casino Hotel – Sound Board
2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
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$209 Detroit Regional Chamber members
$285 Future members

For more information, please contact Jordan Yagiela at 313.596.0384.

Detroit 2030: A Vision for the Future 

Confronting key issues, creating an inclusive economy

What is your vision of Detroit in 2030? How will the city lead in education, job growth and mobility as a service? Imagine a Detroit with mass transit, increased quality affordable housing options, and creative use of green space.

The 2019 Detroit Policy Conference will provide a platform to discuss a vision for Detroit’s next generation. National thought leaders will share insights on urbanism and inclusive development. Local leaders from business, government and civic organizations will offer their vision for Detroit 2030 and discuss removing barriers to economic prosperity. From education and entrepreneurship to preparing for Census 2020, the Conference will offer a day of robust discussions on Detroit’s future.

Michigan’s New Governor to Join Conversation on Detroit’s Future

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will address attendees at the 2019 Detroit Policy Conference. Whitmer, Michigan’s 49th governor, will share how her priorities of closing the skills gap, investing in infrastructure and strengthening good government will benefit business and individuals in the Detroit region. Attendees will gain an understanding of the role businesses can play in her statewide agenda. The Conference is the first time Gov. Whitmer will address Chamber members since taking office.

Whitmer joins a stellar lineup of speakers including: Detroit Mayor Mike DugganLt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II,  Quicken Loans’ Dan Gilbert, StockX’s Josh Luber and Author and Placemaker Jay Pitter. Gov. Whitmer’s session is sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Detroit Mayor Duggan to Join Panel Discussion on Importance of 2020 Census

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will join a panel discussion on the importance of the upcoming 2020 census and its impact on the city at the 2019 Detroit Policy Conference. Other panelists include Jane C. Garcia, chairman of the board of the Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Victoria Kovari, executive director of the Detroit 2020 Census Campaign and Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. The panel will be moderated by Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The 2020 census will have a major impact on Detroit. The final numbers will be critical in determining federal funding to the city and neighborhood programs, as well as the number of congressional and state legislative seats.

This panel discussion features decades of census background and knowledge: Garcia brings 25 years of experience working for the U.S. Census Bureau while Baruah served as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce for the U.S. census.

In January 2019, Mayor Duggan appointed Kovari as the executive director of the Detroit 2020 Census Campaign, focusing on ensuring all people in the City of Detroit are counted in the upcoming 2020 census. Murray-Brown has a wealth of community and nonprofit experience and will provide insight on efforts to accurately count areas of the city that have been historically underrepresented.

Local Business, Community and Political Leaders to Share Their Vision for Detroit 2030 The 2019 Detroit Policy Conference will feature five Power Perspectives from local leaders in business, government and civic organizations. These short and powerful TED Talk-style sessions will showcase their vision for Detroit 2030, from education to entrepreneurship. The Power Perspectives are sponsored by Grand Valley State University. Speakers include: Laura Grannemann, Vice President, Strategic Investments, Quicken Loans Community Fund; Courtney Smith, Founder and Executive Director, Detroit Phoenix Center; Shamayim “Mama Shu” Harris, Founder and CEO, Avalon Village;  Armond Rashad Owner, Jabs Gym Eastern Market; Creator, Run This Town Detroit; Andre Spivey Council Member District 4, Detroit City Council

Dan Gilbert to Offer Perspective on What Is Destined for Detroit 

Detroit business leader and a driving force behind the city’s revitalization, Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, and the chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers will participate in a one-on-one conversation during the 2019 Detroit Policy Conference with Conference Chair Dennis W. Archer Jr., CEO of Ignition Media Group, and founding partner of Archer Corporate Services.

In line with the Conference theme, 2030: A Vision for the Future, Archer and Gilbert will spend 45 minutes discussing what is possible for Detroit residents and businesses.

StockX CEO to Share Insight on Detroit’s Startup Culture  At the 2019 Detroit Policy Conference, Josh Luber, CEO and co-founder of StockX, will participate in a one-on-one conversation with Conference Chair Dennis W. Archer Jr., CEO of Ignition Media Group, and founding partner of Archer Corporate Services.

StockX, the world’s first “Stock Market of Things,” was co-founded in 2016 by Luber; Greg Schwartz, the chief operating officer of StockX; and Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans.

An online marketplace for buying and selling sneakers, streetwear, handbags, and watches; StockX is one of the fastest-growing startups in the game, with year-over-year revenue growth that’s outpacing the early days of startups like Etsy and Poshmark. VentureBeat named StockX one of the top 10 startups outside Silicon Valley to watch in 2019. Unlike any other marketplace, StockX applies stock market mechanics to the purchasing process, making for an innovative customer experience.

Luber will share his perspective on what is driving Detroit’s startup culture. Attendees will also gain insight into how StockX is revolutionizing e-commerce with its first-of-its-kind model.

Detroit Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor to Speak at 2019 Detroit Policy Conference Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II will provide insight on his vision for Michigan and Detroit’s future during a keynote address at the 2019 Detroit Policy Conference.

A native Detroiter and Michigan’s first African-American lieutenant governor, Gilchrist has the unique opportunity from the state level to impact Detroit’s path to 2030. He will share what he envisions are the opportunities and obstacles for the city and how the state can partner with Detroit to achieve long-term sustainability, as well as the issues that matter most to him as a Detroiter.

Creating a More Inclusive Detroit Jay Pitter, author and placemaker, will keynote the 2019 Detroit Policy Conference on Thursday, Feb. 28. Pitter will share a vision for creating a more inclusive city where individual voices are heard, civic engagement is strong, and an enhanced quality of life is accessible for all Detroiters.

With a focus on mitigating the growing divide in urban centers, Pitter draws from her personal experience and spearheads projects focused on cultural heritage, interpretive planning, inclusive public engagement, safe streets, and economically challenged communities.