2014 Conference To-Do List

The Detroit Regional Chamber is committed to executing the action items based on the conversations held at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference. View the 2014 Conference To-Do List here.

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Full Video: Mike Duggan Keynote Address

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivered a keynote address at the 2014 Conference, discussing the Detroit Land Bank Authority’s successful home auction as well as TeenWork Detroit, part of the Duggan administration’s multi-pronged effort to reverse population decline and improve public safety in the city. Watch the full video here or click below to read a recap and watch highlights.

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  • Detroit’s Next Panel Highlights Leadership Collaboration to Moving Economic Needle

    Collaboration and consensus serve as the driving force behind the economic upheaval in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan. Whether across the aisle, or across the state, “Detroit Next: Positioned for the Future” panelists acknowledged the interconnected nature of the state’s economy, the necessity to ignore political divisions and the critical importance of supporting Detroit’s success. Continue Reading

  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu Confident that Detroit’s Best Days are Ahead

    Detroit’s continued comeback is important, not only to the city and the state, but to the entire nation. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu passionately delivered that message during his keynote address at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, which was sponsored by The Kresge Foundation. Continue Reading

  • Carl Levin: Stars on the National Stage

    In a poignant moment, the nation’s longest-serving Congressman and fellow retiree John Dingell (D-Dearborn) welcomed his long-time friend and colleague, Senator Carl Levin to Grand Hotel’s theatre as Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah looked on.

    After the three presenters praised Senator Levin’s career, highlighting his trademark advocacy and stewardship for Michigan, the Senator Levin took the podium to share his advice for Congress and metro Detroit, with Michigan’s political, business and media leaders looking on. Continue Reading

  • The Voices of CNN: Effective Government Leaders Break Gridlock, Not Create It

    Two of America’s foremost political voices took Michigan’s Center Stage during “Across the Isle: Michigan and the Midterms,” to stress the importance of compromise and effective leadership in breaking the partisan gridlock in Congress. Paul W. Smith, host of News/Talk WJR 760 AM, moderated the debate, which included Paul Begala, democratic strategist and CNN political contributor, and S.E. Cupp, host of CNN’s “Crossfire.” Continue Reading

  • Governor Snyder: Calls on Michigan Leaders to Support Detroit’s Recovery

    Governor Rick Snyder challenged the Michigan business, government and community leaders at the 2014 Conference to work as collaborative partners in support of the expeditious settlement of Detroit’s bankruptcy. The Governor urged attendees to make a connection between the private and education sectors, as it would give Michigan a strong economic advantage, opportunity to grow and close the skills gap like nowhere else in the nation. Continue Reading

  • Former Two-Term Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels: ‘Michigan is Getting its Mojo Back’

    The primary objective of government should be to control spending and balance budgets, while promoting an environment of opportunity that nurtures individual accomplishments and collective success. Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University and former Governor of Indiana, stressed the importance of placing a premium on growing the private economy through responsible government. Continue Reading

  • Angel Gambino, Automotive Panel Tout Entrepreneurship and Smart Mobility as Key to Growing Global Footprint and Innovation

    Through the abundance of automotive talent in Detroit, industry and government leaders should combine creative ideas with policies and infrastructure to become a global hub for smart mobility. That was the message delivered by Angel Gambino, owner of The Alchemy, during her keynote remarks in the session “Innovative Entrepreneurial Nexus of the Automotive Industry,”sponsored by PwC. Continue Reading

  • Business Leaders Discuss Ways to Strengthen Michigan’s Business Environment

    Michigan has one of the nation’s most attractive business climates, comprised of numerous regions with vibrant urban centers that serve as economic catalysts. Leading executives analyzed their respective regions throughout Michigan, pointing out strengths and discussing necessary next steps during the session “Michigan: Leading the Way,” sponsored by Ford Motor Company. Continue Reading