Detroit Policy Conference

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The 2020 Detroit Policy Conference sessions recaps feature photos, Facebook Live interviews, or session highlight videos. View the recaps here.

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Watch Sessions From #DPC20

This year’s Conference boasts its strongest speaker lineup yet featuring more than 30 leaders who will address Detroit’s ongoing path to economic sustainability and set into motion meaningful change in the city. Watch full session highlights on YouTube.

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Welcome to the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference

At the dawn of a new decade, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2020 Detroit Policy Conference brings together more than 900 key business, community, civic, and government leaders to address Detroit’s ongoing path to economic sustainability and set into motion meaningful change in the city. Local and national leaders highlight the work underway, new ideas, opportunities, and challenges that will define the next 10 years for the Detroit region.


2020 Conference Session Recaps:

Mayor Duggan: Detroit Depends on 2020 Census and Growth of Neighborhoods

Mayor Mike Duggan stopped by the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference for a conversation with Conference Chair and CEO of Ignition Media Group Dennis W. Archer Jr. before heading to Lansing to watch Gov. Gretchen Whitmer give her second annual State of the State address. Duggan talked General Motor Co.’s recent announcement, Detroit’s neighborhoods, and the 2020 census during his interview with Archer.

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Hill Harper: Invest in the People of Detroit

Hill Harper did not only bring his star power to the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference stage, but also shared insight from a career rooted in philanthropy and service to communities in need. Harper gave a keynote speech and spoke with Fox 2’s Huel Perkins on how he first got involved in Detroit, and why more people from around the country should too.

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Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II: Michigan Moves Ideas Through Inclusive Entrepreneurship

In the first keynote of the day at the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II discussed how Michigan can create an environment prime for innovation and ideas. With an emphasis on inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation reaching beyond technology, Gilchrist presented a vision for a Michigan that starts with investing in ideas.

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Matt Cullen: Sparking the Revitalization of Detroit’s Tomorrow

Bedrock Detroit CEO and Chairman of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Matt Cullen gave a sneak preview to the company’s future projects in downtown Detroit at the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference in conversation with Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. Cullen leads Bedrock Detroit’s efforts to spark development and revitalization in the city, which included Quicken Loans’ national headquarters move to Detroit in 2010.

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Dug Song: Detroit Is a Global Startup Destination for ‘Unicorn’ Companies

Expert voice in the cybersecurity industry Dug Song, co-founder and general manager of Duo Security at Cisco, led his startup to a $2.35 billion acquisition, the largest exit ever for a Michigan-based software company. Through building his company, Song gained a unique perspective on what it takes to create and participate in a thriving startup ecosystem.

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Mary Culler: Reimagining the Future of Corktown Detroit

Mary Culler spoke on Ford’s commitment to creating a vibrant, innovative community where people come to create, test, and experience new transportation solutions that advance human progress. Corktown currently houses Ford’s autonomous vehicle business unit where more than 250 employees work toward its goal to deploy a self-driving car by 2021.

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Wright L. Lassiter III, Arn Tellem Make a Business Play for a Healthier Community

Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Pistons proved partnerships and investment can empower communities with the opening of the long-awaited Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Detroit. In a one-on-one conversation at the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference, Henry Ford Health System President Wright L. Lassiter III and Detroit Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem discussed this partnership and how it represents more than a business deal.

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Oakland County Exec. David Coulter: We Have to Think Regionally

Taking the Detroit Policy Conference stage for the first time as Oakland County Executive David Coulter had one key message: “We have to think regionally.” Coulter emphasized the need for regionalism and drew from recent events where collaboration was necessary.

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