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Detroit Regional Chamber Releases 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List and Announces 2019 Conference Dates

MACKINAC ISLAND, June 1, 2018 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber unveiled its 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List following three days of discussions featuring top state, regional and national thought leaders. Conference Chair Ray Telang, Greater Michigan Market Managing Partner and U.S. Automotive Leader and Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah announced the list at the conclusion of the annual Conference.

“The Mackinac Policy Conference is Michigan’s premier policy event. While we don’t make policy, we bring together statewide leadership to have honest and engaging conversations on the critical issues facing our state. The To-Do List is emerging as a substantive, impactful tradition of its own, challenging us to find new creative ways to put actions to our words,” Baruah said.

The Chamber is proud to continue to host the nationally-recognized Mackinac Policy Conference, convening 1,700 of Michigan’s top leadership that bolsters the Chamber’s three key policy pillars of economic development, education reform and regional collaboration. The 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List includes:

  1. Convene a principals-only, bi-partisan, multi-sector working summit of regional leaders to strengthen the ethos of regional collaboration and address long-standing challenges.
  2. Develop, maintain and advance a comprehensive policy and regulatory agenda to maintain Michigan’s leadership in next-generation mobility.
  3. Launch a comprehensive strategy, based on national best-practices, to retain, engage and attract talent to meet the region’s future workforce needs.
  4. Provide useful and easy-to-implement strategies for Michigan businesses to help employees and their families prevent, and if needed, address opioid addiction.

The 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference will be held Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 31.

Detroit Regional Chamber 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Chamber’s annual event – brings together business and government leaders to re-energize Michigan. Since 1981, the Conference has provided access to Michigan’s top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs and veteran regional champions. More than 1,700 attendees attended the 2018 Conference, held from May 29 – June 1 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit