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Governor Jeb Bush to Deliver Opening Keynote Address at 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference

DETROIT, February 8, 2013 Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced that Jeb Bush, governor of Florida from 1999-2007, will provide the opening keynote address at the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference. Held Wednesday, May 29 through Friday, May 31, the Conference will spur a comprehensive dialogue on cultural change, education and the 21st century global market.

“As one of the nation’s most prominent thought-leaders, Governor Bush can provide critical insight into Michigan’s ongoing transformation,” said Chairman, President and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. Joseph L. Welch, chair of the 2013 Conference. “Governor Bush is leading the way on education reform, immigration reform and economic growth and will bring candid discussion on some of the nation’s most pressing issues to the Mackinac Policy Conference stage.”

The 2013 Conference will kick off at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 with opening remarks by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Governor Bush will subsequently provide the first Conference keynote address focusing on education reform, the current political landscape and a national perspective on key economic issues.

Son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush, Governor Bush is considered a leading national voice on the major issues facing the nation. Governor Bush was the 43rd governor of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007 – the only Republican in the state’s history to be re-elected. Currently president of Jeb Bush and Associates, LLC, and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Governor Bush is the co-author of a book titled Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution scheduled for release later this spring.

“As one of the nation’s most innovative political figures, Governor Bush can speak to the political and cultural changes needed to strengthen the United States’ leadership in the globalized world,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “Having served under both President George H.W. and George W. Bush, I have had the pleasure of watching Governor Bush lead Florida as a transformative figure, focused on the values we celebrate at the Mackinac Policy Conference; progress, inclusion and results.”

The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference’s pillars are culture, education and the 21st century global market. To learn more about how the Conference aims to create a more business-friendly climate in Michigan and drive economic growth, visit

Detroit Regional Chamber 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual event – brings together business and government 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. Approximately 1,500 attendees will gather for the 2013 Conference, held May 29 – May 31 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit

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