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“Few companies in Michigan have successfully leveraged their past while looking to the future like Ford,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “From talent and workforce development, to the impact of good corporate citizens, Bill Ford’s expertise and unique forward-looking vision aligns well with the Conference’s goal of ensuring dynamic growth for Michigan.”

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As Detroit’s leaders guide the city’s ongoing transformation, the architects of Detroit’s historic exit from bankruptcy will take Michigan’s Center Stage at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island May 26-29.

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The 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference will be held Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29, 2015.

One Stage, One State, One Michigan Voice

Welcome to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference website. As the state’s preeminent public policy event, the Conference offers the opportunity for business, government, community and philanthropic leaders to come together on Michigan’s Center Stage. This is truly a unique event and experience.

As Conference Chair, I am honored to be a part of this important statewide discussion. This year’s agenda focuses on the three catalysts most critical to ensuring dynamic and geometric economic growth for Michigan – talent, urban revitalization and cohesion. It will offer the opportunity to gather onstage and galvanize a Michigan voice on the opportunities for our great state.

Talent is the most important resource as determined by a dynamic domestic and global economy driven by rapidly evolving technology and disruptors like demographic shifts. This year’s programming will include a focus on how to deepen Michigan’s talent base through attraction and retention and by connecting individuals with opportunities – steps that will accelerate our state’s productivity and make it an even more attractive business destination.

An integral component of talent and business attraction is urban revitalization. In light of Detroit’s successful emergence from bankruptcy, and the potential rejuvenation of other Michigan cities, this topic could not be more timely. Several of this year’s speakers and panelists will provide their thoughts on innovative approaches to transforming Michigan’s historic and new urban centers to foster business growth, financial stability, infrastructure improvements and placemaking.

And finally there is the role of cohesion. It is essential that our state continue to work with a recognition that Michiganders are in this together. A goal of this year’s Conference is to inspire a commitment among Michigan’s leaders to speak with “One Michigan Voice” built on a foundation of shared values and the overarching ethos of “doing well, by doing good.”

In keeping with the recent tradition started by my predecessors, the Conference will again conclude with a To-Do List of action items based on the dialogue at the Conference, from the stage to the porch, to ensure the conversation continues well beyond the island.

I encourage you to check back often for speaker announcements and updated Conference information. I look forward to sharing this important moment for our great State.


Mark Davidoff
Deloitte LLP, Michigan Managing Partner
Chair, 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference