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Mackinac Policy Conference focus on mobility, trust, economic growth

May 9, 2018

Crain’s Detroit Business

By: Tyler Clifford

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah on Tuesday highlighted the Mackinac Policy Conference 2018 agenda and central themes of the annual convention.

As Michigan inches closer to the November elections, Baruah said this year’s conference will focus on three pillars that are “critically important issues for the state.”

The pillars were crafted by the statewide committee chaired by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Managing Partner of Greater Michigan Ray Telang and serve as a theme for the various keynotes and panels on the schedule for the four-day event.

The conference assembles about 1,700 leaders from across the state to discuss Michigan’s economic future. It’s scheduled for May 29-June 1 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Panel discussions will cover topics such as mobility regulations, opioids, economic development, women in the workplace and education. The first session Wednesday opens with a program titled “Training for the Future: Aligning Michigan’s Industry and Workforce Needs.”

“As I travel to speak with employers about talent and CEOs about what they need to grow, one issue is not only attracting talent but keeping their own people right to do their job effectively and safely,” Telang said.

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley will moderate a panel titled “Detroit’s New Era of Collaboration on Education” that includes Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Detroit school board Treasurer Sonya Mays and University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel.

The three pillars of this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference are:

  1. Is Michigan Prepared? Ensure Michigan is competitive for major business investment to continue growth and address issues that prevent sustained prosperity for all.
  2. The Mobility Disruption: Strengthen Michigan’s readiness for the disruption that next-generation mobility will create for industry and society.
  3. Trust: Restore confidence in the critical institutions of government, media and business to build trust in society.

Featured speakers include:

  • Gov. Rick Snyder
  • Paula Kerger, president and CEO, Public Broadcasting Service
  • Richard Edelman, president and CEO, Edelman, whose firm does an annual study on trust in American society
  • Don Butler, executive director of connected vehicle platform and product, Ford Mobility
  • John Boehner, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Peggy Noonan, columnist at The Wall Street Journal and a best-selling author
  • John King Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Education; president and CEO, The EducationTrust

The Mackinac Policy Conference will feature a gubernatorial debate on Thursday featuring the three leading candidates of each the Republican and Democratic parties.


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