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The 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference has been canceled. The Detroit Regional Chamber will not convene groups of 50 people or more for the rest of 2020. This decision was made in accordance with the current recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and by consulting with many of its member businesses to understand their anticipated policies for meetings and events for the rest of the year.  View Frequently Asked Questions.

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MPC20 Conversations: Respond and Rebuild

While the Mackinac Policy Conference cannot be replaced, there has never been a more important time for business and government leaders to engage in the crucial conversations about moving Michigan forward. Launching late summer, “MPC20 Conversations: Respond and Rebuild” will be a digital series offering speakers and dialogue reminiscent of the Mackinac Policy Conference. Stay tuned for more.

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2021 Mackinac Policy Conference

The Detroit Regional Chamber and Grand Hotel look forward to welcoming attendees back in 2021. The 2021 Mackinac Policy Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1, 2021 through Friday, June 4, 2021. The Chair for the 2021 Conference was named at the 2019 Conference as Wright L. Lassiter III, the president, and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. Registration will open in November 2020.

Latest Update from the Mackinac Policy Conference:

A Message from the Chamber’s Sandy K. Baruah and #MPC20 Chair Ryan Maibach

When we decided to move the Mackinac Policy Conference from May to August, optimism reigned. It seemed, even by expert accounts, that we would be in a different place come late summer. But it turned out that, we all just did not know what we did not know.

We understand that for so many of you, Mackinac in August was going to be a time to renew business connections while focusing on the future. The Chamber very much wants the Conference to play that role and we are sorry that it cannot happen in 2020.

It has become clear that “social distancing” will be with us for quite a while. If there is one thing the Conference has never been and could never be, it is socially distant. Attendees tell us every year that interpersonal connections with other attendees and direct access to business leaders and elected officials make this a must-attend event.

The decision to cancel this year’s Conference is as difficult for us at the Chamber as it is for you. As a member-driven organization, we miss being able to see our members and work directly, in person, on our mission of business growth and prosperity in Southeast Michigan. Chief among our roles, as we see it, is to act as a convener of people and ideas. We look forward to the day when we can fully play that role again.

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