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News Coverage Roundup: 2019 Detroit Policy Conference

Michigan roads are a big mess. Here are eight big ideas to fix them.

March 1, 2019

Bridge Magazine

By: Mike Wilkinson

Most agree Michigan’s atrocious roads need fixing. And most realize the price tag is in the billions of dollars.

The big question: How do you raise that kind of money?

Just days ahead of the March 5 roll-out of her first budget, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn’t revealing her plans, teasing a Detroit Regional Chamber crowd on Thursday that everyone wants to know how she’ll “fix the damn roads.”

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S47 E13: The 2019 Detroit Policy Conference

March 1, 2019

By: DPTV- American Black Journal w/ Stephen Henderson

The new CEO of the Charles H. Wright museum of African American History is here to talk about his vision for the Detroit jewel. Plus, a new report on how to grow Detroit’s African American middle class.

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Downtowns find they have the ‘cool’ factor

March 3, 2019

Crain’s Detroit 

By: Chad Livengood

Placemaking is all the rage in economic development these days as companies and talented workers are navigating to locations that offer more than cubicle space. It’s a topic of near-constant discussion in business circles, including at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference last week.

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Michigan needs to fix roads, while state is $10B below Headlee tax limit

March 2, 2019

Michigan Advance

By: Chad Selweski

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gears up on Tuesday to unveil her first budget, which she said will have a comprehensive plan to fix infrastructure, it’s worth looking at the overall state of Michigan’s tax system.

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Gilbert launches podcast

March 3, 2019

Crain’s Detroit Business 

By: Chad Livengood

Gilbert announced the podcast last week at the Detroit Policy Conference during an on-stage interview with Ignition Media Group CEO Dennis Archer Jr.

A promotion video for the podcast posted Feb. 19 on YouTube featured clips of Gilbert interviewing Cuban, former NFL player and entrepreneur Dhani Jones, Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo and Shohini Ghose, a physics professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

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