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Detroit Regional Chamber reveals speakers for Detroit Policy Conference on Feb. 28

By Dustin Block

January 14, 2013

DETROIT, MI – The newly minted Detroit Policy Conference will gather Metro Detroit business leaders at the MotorCity Casino Hotel on Feb. 28.

The 2013 Detroit Policy Conference – which debuted as the Detroit Business Conference in 2012 – features an agenda of key business, community and political leaders who are leading Detroit’s continued transformation.

During the “Reimagining Detroit’s Assets: Leadership, Policy and a Strong Urban Core” session, you’ll hear from a panel of seasoned leaders as they discuss the region’s thriving assets and the policies that will continue that trend. Panelists include:

  • Larry Alexander, Chairman, Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority
  • Graham Beal, President, Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Paul Hillegonds, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, DTE Energy
  • Thomas Naughton, CEO, Wayne County Airport Authority
  • Faye Nelson, Chairperson, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

Henry Balanon, co-founder of Detroit Labs, and Joey Grovery, of Livio, will lead a session on how Detroit is revolutionizing the IT industry. Toby Barlow, of Team Detroit, Karen Buscemi, of SyleLine Magazine and Detroit Garment Group, Linda McIntosh, of Somerset Collection, and Tim Smith, of Skidmore Studios will talk about the emergence of the creative industry in Detroit.

Other topics include investing in Detroit, small business policy, the rise of food as a business in Detroit. Mayor Dave Bing is scheduled to give a lunchtime keynote address.

Renown “creative class” urbanist Richard Florida will open the conference with a keynote address with the Free-Press’ Nancy Kaffer serving as moderator for a Q&A session.

When: February 28, 2013 @ 8am to 4pm
Where: MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit,MI 48201
Cost: $75 Chamber members $125 Future members
Contact: Beverly Maddox, 313.596.0343,