CEO Panel Look into Importance of Collaboration in Manufacturing

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Jay Timmons made it clear this afternoon that manufacturing companies who survived the recession and came out leaner and more efficient in the end should all be considered advanced manufacturers. Timmons, the president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, began this session by praising Governor Snyder for his diligence, making the point that policy is important to creating a quality manufacturing environment.

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Michelle Rhee Tackling Education Reform Head On

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“You cannot tell me that teachers don’t matter. They matter tremendously and we as a country need to think about what we can do to ensure there is a highly effective teacher in every classroom every day,” said Michelle Rhee during her morning keynote address.

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Michigan Entrepreneurs Focus on the Positive Story of Detroit

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The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference pillar of cultural change was on full display this morning as some of Michigan’s leading entrepreneurs discussed the successes and challenges they’ve had in starting a business in Michigan and in Detroit during “Encouraging Entrepreneurship: The Catalyst for Continued Economic Growth in Michigan.” The panel agreed that the positive image and story of Detroit needs to be exposed and touted to encourage continued investment and entrepreneurship.

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Detroit’s Legacy Leaders Share Optimism for the Future

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The notion of standing for change and being vocal Detroit advocates dominated a panel discussion this morning, with particular emphasis on the importance and impact on continued investment in the Motor City – whether it be in time or other resources. A group of generational leaders from some of Detroit’s most influential families took the Conference stage for the second Detroit-focused panel discussion, “Detroit: Legacy Leaders.”

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Detroit Leaders Discuss Continued Investment in City

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There was an air of excitement and confidence in Detroit’s continued path to prosperity this morning as a panel of Detroit leaders representing some of the most influential organizations making a significant impact on the redevelopment of the city took this stage during “Detroit: On the Path to Turnaround,” the first in a two-part discussion on the Motor City.

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