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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to speak at 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference

From: MLive

By David Muller

April 4, 2014

DETROIT, MI – The Detroit Regional Chamber announced Friday that Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager, will be a speaker at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference next month.

“Michigan ultimately goes as Detroit goes, and that’s a reality that leaders across Michigan need to embrace,” Plunkett Cooney President and CEO Henry B. Cooney, chair of the conference, said in a statement. “Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy is critically important to Michigan’s future. Kevyn Orr’s perspective on how to put Detroit on a sustainable path must be central to this statewide discussion about Michigan’s global competitiveness.”

Orr was appointed the city’s emergency financial manager in March 2013 by Gov. Rick Snyder. Orr took the city into historic bankruptcy proceedings in July, citing up to $18 billion in debt.

“From the start, the Detroit bankruptcy has served as a case study for confronting daunting challenges with bold and innovative leadership,” Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah said in a statement. “Kevyn Orr has effectively managed that process, setting a national precedent in the process. Leaders will look to Orr’s work in Detroit for decades as cities across the nation confront their own mounting challenges of municipal insolvency.”

The Chamber announced last month that Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will also be a speaker at the conference, which will be held May 27-30 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Snyder, writer Malcolm Gladwell, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton and News Corporation Education Division CEO Joel Klein are also slated to headline the four-day event.

The annual Mackinac Policy Conference brings together business leaders, politicians and thought-leaders to discuss and shape business policy. It has been meeting since 1981.

The DRC says the goal of the 2014 conference is to create a more globally competitive and financially attractive business environment in Michigan through three pillars: entrepreneurship, education and impact. It expects about 1,500 attendees.