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Detroit Regional Chamber Announces 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 31, 2012 – After three days of discussions featuring top state, regional and national thought-leaders and change-makers, 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference Chairman Nancy Schlichting and Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah, with agreement from Governor Rick Snyder, announced the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List to close the Conference.

The Detroit Regional Chamber committed to executing the following action items based on the conversation held at the 2012 Conference:

1. Partner with Governor Rick Snyder and key institutions to host a statewide military veterans hiring conference with the goal of securing Michigan employment for veterans.

2. Engage in an effort to help Detroit-based businesses cut through local government red tape to help promote business start-ups and success.

3. Lead a delegation of Detroit-area business leaders on a lessons learned trip to Washington, D.C. in partnership with Whole Foods Market and former Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams.

4. Partner with the College for Creative Studies to engage in a Detroit Future Envisioning project.

5.  Develop a program at the Detroit Regional Chamber to support promising entrepreneurs and businesses with access to coaching in best practices and capital.

Detroit Regional Chamber 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Detroit Regional Chamber 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference was held May 29-31 with 1,500 registered attendees at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The Conference featured national experts and change-makers with a fully packed, fast-paced agenda resulting in the third annual Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List. The 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference focused on three pillars: innovation, collaboration and the 21st century global market. For the Chamber’s Conference coverage, visit

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit

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