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On the Cover
The 36th annual Mackinac Policy Conference brings together more than 1,600 statewide leaders for candid and engaging conversations about what is needed to continue Michigan’s resurgent economic growth. This year’s agenda focuses on the pillars of entrepreneurship, urban education and investing in the future by supporting high-growth industries such as automotive, defense and IT. Featuring a line-up packed with national thought-leaders and statewide influencers, the mainstage programming ties back to one or more of the pillars.

While “Shark Tank’s” Daymond John offers insight on the keys to entrepreneurial success, Khan Academy founder Sal Khan draws on technology to increase access to education and stretch classroom resources further. As General Motors’ Dan Ammann can speak to the opportunities and disruption of the mobility era, futurist Brian David Johnson can challenge us to envision the future we want and plot out the steps to achieve it.

And lastly, it wouldn’t be Michigan’s Center Stage without some of the nation’s sharpest political minds. National Journal’s Ron Fournier, former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. and award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien bring keen insight on the national political landscape heading into the presidential election. Four days of candid conversation on and off the stage will again conclude with a To-Do List to translate words to action for the upcoming year.
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  • Need for Transit Grows

    Leaders from Southeast Michigan and across the state convene at this conference to take on issues vital to our future. Few topics have been on our agenda longer than building a modern, coordinated regional transit system for a more competitive and prosperous region.

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  • Candor Wanted

    Page 10

    Dennis Archer Jr., president of Detroit-based Archer Corporate Services, is this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference chair. Archer, an attorney, is also CEO of Ignition Media Group. He’s also a partner at Central Kitchen & Bar, one of downtown Detroit’s hot new restaurants.

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  • Work Harder, Try Smarter

    Page 22

    “Humble beginnings” barely scratches the surface of Daymond John’s self-made story of invention, re-invention and perseverance. There was little doubt he’d get there — whether as CEO of a global fashion empire, co-star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” marketing guru or best-selling author — but the road map he followed included more than a few unexpected turns along the way.

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  • A Commitment to Cohesion

    Page 12

    With the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference upon us, it is a good time to check in on the progress made since we last gathered on the island for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual leadership pilgrimage.

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  • Protecting Freedom, Protecting Jobs

    Page 46

    As robotics, cybersecurity and autonomous vehicle technology rapidly redefine warfare and homeland security, the companies, contractors and states that do business in the defense industry must reinvent themselves. Creating the technologies needed to win on the battlefield, cyber or otherwise, is big business that’s only going to be bigger.

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  • All ‘Things’ Considered

    Page 48

    Everyday products — from the lamps and coffee maker in your home to your car and even the floors you walk on — are increasingly getting connected to the internet and communicating with each other.

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  • Changes on the Horizon

    Page 58

    After spending 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democratic Party member, Harold Ford Jr. has become a regular contributor on MSNBC and CNBC discussing policy and politics.

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  • Revamped and Refreshed

    Page 60

    Welcome to Mackinac and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference. My family and I, along with our 700 staff members, are honored to host our state’s most prestigious policy and networking event.

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  • Entrepreneurial Evolution

    Page 24

    As the nation’s economy spiraled and unemployment rates soared, Michigan placed a big bet. It doubled down on entrepreneurship as the key to the state’s future.

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  • Spotlighting Race in America

    Page 52

    Chances are you’ve heard the name Soledad O’Brien — maybe on television, providing commentary or narrating documentaries on race relations in the United States.

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  • Detroit Historical Society Detroit 67

    Page 54

    Detroit is a classroom for the world, and the world is paying attention. We know that the challenges, achievements, successes and failures of our past can provide important lessons for our future.

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  • Michigan works best when Michiganders work together

    Page 18

    Michigan continues to be the comeback state, and Detroit is a shining example of our spirit of innovation and economic prosperity.

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  • Slow Roll Quickly Growing Thanks to Inclusive Fun

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    Slow Roll Detroit is Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride. Every Monday experienced bikers, beginners, from the city and suburbs are seen snaking through predetermined community routes on their racing bikes, mountain bikes, low/high riders, and unique custom bikes with baskets, honking horns, bells, reflectors, mounted stereos and accessories of all kinds.

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  • Promising Times

    Page 26

    (Note: portions of the interview have been shortened or edited for clarity in the print issue)

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  • Tomorrow’s American Dream

    Page 42

    The late Yogi Berra is often credited (probably incorrectly) with coining the aphorism: “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” But Brian David Johnson knows what the Hall of Fame catcher was talking about anyway.

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  • Four-wheeled Devices

    Page 50

    Potholes are as much a rite of spring in Michigan as opening day for the Detroit Tigers, but unlike the state’s beloved baseball team, the jaw-jarring chuckholes are met with dreaded anticipation of flat tires and bent wheels.

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  • Learning Matters

    Page 32

    As CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit that encourages high academic achievement for all students pre-K through college, Kati Haycock is no stranger to the gaps in opportunity that students of color and students in low-income households face each year.

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  • Education for Everyone

    Page 30

    Salman “Sal” Khan always excelled at learning. He competed in national math competitions while growing up in Metairie, Louisiana, enrolled at MIT after high school and graduated in four years with three degrees in engineering and computer science. He later added an MBA from Harvard.

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