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June 2: Dennis Archer Jr. Named 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference Chair

Dennis Archer Jr. Named 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference Chair

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced that Dennis Archer Jr., the founding principal and president of Archer Corporate Services (ACS), and CEO of Ignition Media Group, will serve as Chair of the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference. The announcement was made during the 2015 Conference held at the historic Grand Hotel.

A serial entrepreneur, Archer has grown ACS into one of the nation’s leading marketing fulfillment services firms and launched Ignition Media Group, a boutique integrated marketing agency headquartered in downtown Detroit, specializing in experiential marketing, public relations, event production and brand development. In March, Archer and partners announced the opening of a modern American gastropub, Central Kitchen + Bar, in the First National Bank building in downtown Detroit in July.

“I was first introduced to the Detroit Regional Chamber by way of the Mackinac Policy Conference as I attended with my parents. Since then, I have seen the reach and influence of the Chamber increase as the diversity of its members and board expand,” Archer said. “At such a pivotal time in Detroit’s and Southeast Michigan’s history, I am honored to serve as Chair of this one-of-kind event and look forward to working with the Chamber team to advocate for businesses of all sizes and industries throughout our region.”

Click here to read the full press release. The 2016 Conference will be held Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3.

In Case You Missed It: 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List to Focus on Roads, Community Revitalization

Inspired by dialogue from national thought leaders on Michigan’s Center Stage, for the sixth consecutive year, the Detroit Regional Chamber concluded the Mackinac Policy Conference with its 2015 To-Do List of accountable action items to work on over the next year.

This year’s To-Do List, informed with input from Gov. Rick Snyder, includes the following:

  • Promote ethos of “doing well by doing good” by featuring one civic organization at each Mackinac Policy Conference that is helping to make Michigan a better place to live and work.
  • Promote financial literacy in targeted communities through partnerships with financial services firms and the foundation and nonprofit community.
  • Support the revitalization of Detroit’s neighborhoods and narrowing of the opportunity gap through the promotion of entrepreneurship and gain a better understanding of micro-lending programs.
  • Aggressively work toward the fix to Michigan’s critical transportation infrastructure that effectively solves the problem by dedicating sufficient long-term funding for this issue while keeping intact other critical funding essential to moving Michigan forward.

To read the full press release on the 2015 To-Do List, click here.

CPAC Documentary Highlights Gordie Howe International Bridge’s Role in Michigan’s Comeback, Chamber Impact on Project

Reinforcing the Detroit Regional Chamber’s ongoing support for a new international trade crossing with Canada, Brad Williams, the Chamber’s vice president of government relations, was recently featured in Cable Public Affairs Channel’s (CPAC) documentary, “The Billionaire and the Bridge.” The documentary highlights the efforts of Williams and other key players in the U.S. and Canadian governments to advocate for the construction of Gordie Howe International Bridge and its long-term impact on investment and growth in the Detroit region.

Support for the bridge, along with improvements to Michigan’s transportation infrastructure, continues to be the Chamber’s No. 1 legislative priority. The documentary explores the U.S. and Canadian trade partnership, including what’s at stake for both countries and the potential impact for the automotive and manufacturing industries that rely on the most important trade corridor in North America. Click here to watch the documentary.

View Highlights, Sessions from 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

Video highlights, a photo gallery and session synopses from the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference are now available to view on the Detroit Regional Chamber’s website. Additionally, most sessions, interviews and main stage speeches are accessible on demand at Detroit Public Television’s

The 2015 Conference showcased an impressive lineup of national speakers, including Operation HOPE Founder and CEO John Hope Bryant, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments LLC. Panel topics focusing on talent, cohesion, and urban revitalization also provided insight into the efforts being made in Detroit and throughout Michigan — with a specific focus on road funding, equality and opportunity. To view 2015 Conference coverage click here.

Register Now for Morning Mingle, June 11

Kickstart your day by attending the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Small Business Unlocked: Morning Mingle event from 8 to 10 a.m. on June 11 at Flagstar Bank in Troy. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with business leaders and community influencers in order to strengthen their relationships with other Chamber professionals. Morning Mingle is open exclusively to Chamber members and pre-registration is required. Click here for more information.