Video Highlights

Check out video highlights from the 2013 Conference including keynote speakers and panel sessions from the Grand Hotel Theatre.

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Photo Gallery

View the Chamber’s photo gallery from the 2013 Conference.

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The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference will be held May 27-30, 2014. We will see you next year at the 2014 Conference. View session recaps below or check out photos and videos from the 2013 Conference.

Mackinac Policy Conference: An Insider’s View

For photo highlights from the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, click here.

  • Governor Snyder Opens 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference


    “Credit doesn’t matter. Solving the problem is what matters,” said Governor Rick Snyder as he kicked off the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference this afternoon. Gov. Snyder took the stage to address Michigan’s path forward in relation to the Conference pillars of education, cultural change and the 21st century global market following an introduction by Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah and 2013 Conference Chair and the Chairman, President and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp., Joseph Welch.

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  • Hitting the chalkboard on Mackinac Island

    The Detroit News: May 23, 2013

    Next week, education and business will merge on Mackinac Island, as both educators and businessmen acknowledge the vital link between the two. A look at the agenda of this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, put on by the Detroit Regional Chamber, makes it clear that the business community gets that if education doesn’t work in Michigan, the economy won’t work either. When the two intersect, that’s what will energize the state’s economy.

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  • West Michigan biz leaders seek to build bridges on Mackinac

    Crain’s Detroit Business: March 22, 2013

    More than 600 business leaders from West and Southeast Michigan have been telling Lansing since 2008, through the annual West Michigan Policy Forum Conference, that business taxes have to be cut, state bureaucracy needs to be reduced, health care providers should be rewarded for prevention, Michigan should be a right-to-work state, and the state’s road repair fund is as broken as the streets it is supposed to pay to fix.

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  • Juicer squeezes into policy forum

    The Observer & Eccentric: May 20, 2013

    Since launching their juice business in downtown Plymouth with just $13,000 barely a year ago, Caitlin James and her sisters have propelled it to perhaps Michigan’s biggest economic stage. Drought, which cold-presses, bottles and sells organic, raw fruit and vegetable juices from a kitchen on Forest, experienced serious growth in its first year and has attracted regional and national media attention.

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  • Protecting Republicans from the ghosts of GOP past: Q&A with Carlos Gutierrez

    Detroit Free Press: May 19, 2013

    During his tenure as President George W. Bush’s Secretary of Commerce, Cuban-born Carlos Gutierrez was the Bush administration’s point man on immigration reform. Gutierrez, a former chairman and CEO of Kellogg, advised GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on outreach to Hispanics, but he was dismayed by the anti-immigrant tone of Romney’s campaign.

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  • A cheap, fair way to give African Americans a fair chance: Robert L. Johnson

    Detroit Free Press: May 19, 2013

    If you could improve the economic and financial well-being of minority Americans and increase employment opportunities without enacting new legislation or creating new taxes, would you do it? Most people answer yes. Next week, when I address the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, I’ll detail two proposals addressing minority employment and access to capital that will not require new legislation or increase taxes.

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  • Talent, education, culture change on menu of Mackinac conference

    Crain’s Detroit Business: May 10, 2013

    Tackling the state’s gap between employer talent needs and the skills of the workforce is bubbling to the top as a priority for discussion at this month’s Mackinac Policy Conference. The conference this year is focused on three topical pillars: talent, education and culture change.

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