Howes: Only performance can change auto’s old narrative

The Detroit News: May 30, 2013

Mackinac Island — John Murphy’s seen a lot of business cycles roil the auto industry, but none looks quite like the one just beginning to generate fat profits, growing market share and the prospect of more to come for Detroit’s automakers. This is different, says the New York-based analyst for Bank of American Merrill Lynch, scheduled to make his bullish case today to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

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Jeb Bush, at Mackinac policy conference, backs education and immigration reform

The Detroit News: May 30, 2013

Mackinac Island — As he mulls a bid for the presidency in three years, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday “economic immigration” reform could benefit both political parties in future elections. In pushing for an overhaul of the country’s immigration laws at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, Bush said the nation needs to focus more on the economic benefits of retaining educated immigrants “rather than being trained here and shipped back to their country of origin.”

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More Immigration Means Better U.S. Growth, Former Kellogg CEO Tells Mackinac Conference

CBS Detroit: May 29, 2013

MACKINAC ISLAND (WWJ) — The United States has to encourage immigration because it’s the only way to avoid the economic stagnation caused by declining population. That was the word from Carlos Gutierrez, former CEO of Battle Creek-based Kellogg Corp. who later served as U.S. Commerce Secretary under President George W. Bush, at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference 2013 Wednesday.

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Michelle Rhee’s message is kids come first, but is Michigan’s?

Detroit Free Press: May 26, 2013

Depending on whom you ask, Michelle Rhee is either the Joan of Arc of the education reform movement — a relentless warrior whose inspiration is divinely and exclusively about the kids — or the devil. Students First, the national school reform “movement” she founded a few years ago, claims more than a million grassroots members (many of them parents) and is lobbying hard in state capitols for substantive changes to public education.

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On entrepreneurs, veterans and Whole Foods: Update on the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference to-do list

MLive: May 28, 2013

The Detroit Regional Chamber left Mackinac Island last spring with a to-do list that called for helping veterans find jobs, assisting entrepreneurs and working on a project to envision Detroit’s future. We’ll take a look at the chamber’s progress on these action items as Michigan business and government leaders head to the island for their annual policy conference.

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Mackinac event sets stage for elections

The Detroit News: May 28, 2013

Lansing — Michigan’s business, education, charity and political leaders are heading north today for the Wednesday start of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual three-day policy conference on Mackinac Island. While education reform, immigration reform and developing a talented workforce are on the official agenda for the 1,600 attendees, the Mackinac Policy Conference at the Grand Hotel is expected to intensify this year’s Detroit mayoral race and provide a stage for 2014 statewide races and 2016 presidential politicking.

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Jeb Bush and Rick Snyder: A political match made for Mackinac Policy Conference

MLive.com: May 27, 2013

LANSING, MI — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder may not like politics, but he loves policy, and he appears to have found something of a kindred spirit in the heir to a political dynasty. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the son and brother of two past presidents who is a possible 2016 candidate himself, is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at this week’s Mackinac Policy Conference, organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber with input from Snyder, who has taken a hands-on approach to agenda setting at the annual event since taking office in early 2011.

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ITC’s Joe Welch: State needs action on roads, bridges, Detroit crisis

Detroit Free Press: May 26, 2013

Joe Welch, CEO of ITC Holdings ever since it was spun off from DTE Energy in 2003, has grown the energy transmission firm to $850 million in annual revenue, which will double if a deal to buy the high-voltage power lines of Louisiana-based Entergy wins regulatory approval. ITC’s stock price has tripled since going public in 2005, giving the company a market value of more than $4.5 billion.

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Rhee’s message is kids come first, but is Michigan’s?

Detroit Free Press: May 26, 2013

Depending on whom you ask, Michelle Rhee is either the Joan of Arc of the education reform movement — a relentless warrior whose inspiration is divinely and exclusively about the kids — or the devil. Students First, the national school reform “movement” she founded a few years ago, claims more than a million grassroots members (many of them parents) and is lobbying hard in state capitols for substantive changes to public education.

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Jeb Bush expected to speak on immigration, education at Mackinac Conference

Detroit Free Press: May 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — He’s got the name, the contacts and all the experience he’d ever need. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush even has some of the intangibles — he’s considered more of a policy wonk than partisan politician, for instance, and is said to speak Spanish better than some native speakers — that pundits think a Republican presidential nominee might need if he’s going to break through in 2016.

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