Shattering Misperceptions

Mike Rowe is on a one-man mission to bring national attention to the importance of skilled trades training across the country. As the former host of Discovery Channel’s hit show “Dirty Jobs,” Rowe spent countless hours traveling to all 50 U.S. states and working more than 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads and coal mines.

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Better & Better

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Welcome to Mackinac and the 2015 Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference. My family and I, along with close to 700 staff members, are honored to host our state’s most prestigious policy and networking event.

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Hope is the Flame That Still Burns

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We have seen that in the half century since the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s dream, one problem, racism, has been replaced, or at least matched by, another: class and poverty. This is a problem that cuts across the color line and affects urban and rural communities alike.

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Lessons Learned

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MSNBC and CNBC analyst and former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. will return to the Mackinac Policy Conference for the third time in five years bringing his knowledge of national politics to Michigan’s Center Stage. The Detroiter caught up with Ford for a quick discussion on the political landscape.

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The Food Economy

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The ingredients are all there — a diverse array of crops, abundant supply of water, logistical infrastructure and manufacturing talent — to grow Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.

Agriculture is already big business in Michigan, but there’s plenty of room to grow through exports and capitalizing on its resources to become a food-processing powerhouse.

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Insight and Influence

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Mellody Hobson’s ascent to financial guru, regular CBS News contributor and chairman of the board of DreamWorks Animation SKG comes on the heels of a childhood that can be considered anything but privileged. The daughter of a single mother and the youngest of six children, Hobson speaks regularly of the financial struggles endured by her family throughout her childhood.

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Tomorrow’s Expectations

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Nate Silver has a way of driving people crazy. He does it by telling them things they don’t want to hear – and by being right.

The 37-year-old East Lansing native and proprietor of the FiveThirtyEight blog has been doing it since 2007, when he transitioned from projecting the potential of professional baseball prospects to predicting the outcome of elections.

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The Curious Man

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Inventor extraordinaire Dean Kamen is enthusiastic about coming to Michigan – really enthusiastic, like “Get me on the next plane” enthusiastic. Except, of course, that in his case he can fly himself; Kamen has a heliport attached to his home in New Hampshire.

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The Innovation Era

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On the other side of the automotive industry’s darkest days, it’s a new era defined by the convergence of technology and information that demands innovation at a pace the world’s never seen.

According to Ford Motor Co.’s Executive Chairman Bill Ford, success in this rapidly changing environment requires a nimbleness in technological innovation and the collaboration between industries and entrepreneurs, as well as continued reinvention.

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