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The Detroit Regional Chamber Announces Bill Ford as Headliner at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference

DETROIT, March 12, 2012 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced that William C. Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, will be a keynote speaker at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. The Conference, held Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31, is focused on innovation, collaboration and positioning Michigan to succeed in the 21st century global market.

“Ford Motor Company is one of the world’s leading innovators and this year’s Conference is the perfect stage for Bill Ford to share his insight on Michigan’s future,” said Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, who is Chair of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. “The Conference focuses on how to position Michigan to prosper in the global economy – and clearly the auto industry will continue to play a vital role in embracing the realities of globalization and building a roadmap to prosperity for our city, region and state.”

In the Conference session, Ford will discuss his vision for the future in regard to urban mobility and global gridlock issues, and how Michigan and Ford Motor Company are well positioned to lead the world in automotive communications innovation. Ford will also explore how automakers, technology companies and governments must work together to prevent global gridlock and maximize energy and resources.

“The auto industry drives innovation like no other sector on the planet, and is the ideal platform from which Detroit and Michigan can spur economic development and growth,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “Welcoming Bill Ford to the Mackinac Policy Conference reinforces the Chamber’s commitment to Michigan’s signature industry and our efforts through MICHauto to keep that industry right where it started.”

The 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference’s three pillars are innovation, collaboration and the 21st century global market. To learn more about how the Conference aims to increase economic development and create a globally competitive, financially attractive business environment in Michigan, visit

Detroit Regional Chamber 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference

The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual event – brings together business and government to re-energize Michigan. Since 1981, the Conference has provided access to Michigan’s top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs and veteran regional champions. Over 1,500 attendees will gather for the 2012 Conference, held May 29 – May 31 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

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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