MichMash: Former Lt. Gov. Calley On Why Mackinac Matters

June 4, 2019

National Public Radio

Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth

Mackinac Island — fudge, bicycles, horses, and thousands of schmoozing bigwigs.

That last part is applicable at least one week of the year after Memorial Day weekend. The Mackinac Policy Conference is an annual gathering of some of the most influential politicians, business leaders, and non-profit folks at the Grand Hotel sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber.

We know what you’re thinking: The Swamp on an island (pardon the terminology). Who really cares about the Mackinac Policy Conference if you’re not a policy wonk or a business type?

It turns out, there are plenty of reasons to pay attention to what goes on each year.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, hosts Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher speak with someone who has not only attended several of these conferences, but has been directly involved in some of the major wheeling and dealing that goes on each year.

Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a Republican who is now president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), talks with Jake and Cheyna about all that happens at the Grand Hotel and why it’s important to Michigan politics and the economy.

Listen to the conversation here