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Detroit Regional Chamber Releases 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List and Announces 2014 Conference Dates

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 31, 2013 – After three days of discussions featuring top state, regional and national thought-leaders, the Detroit Regional Chamber unveiled its 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List. Conference Chair Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp., and Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah announced the list of six items, reviewed and approved by Governor Rick Snyder, at the conclusion of event.

“We have had three days of candid discussions about many of the key issues facing Michigan from education and immigration reform to transportation infrastructure,” Welch said. “The To-Do List is about taking that conversation and creating the culture change to position Michigan to thrive in the global market.”
The Detroit Regional Chamber committed to executing the following action items based on the conversation held at the 2013 Conference:

1. Convene businesses and community colleges to better link the talent needs of employers with community college program offerings.

2. Expand the successful “lessons learned” trips to U.S. cities (e.g. Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C.) that can help inform the ongoing renaissance in Michigan’s major urban centers.

3. Expand upon the cyber security lessons learned at MPC by developing and executing efforts that help inform the business community of 21st Century cyber threats.

4. Coalesce the regional business community to support comprehensive immigration reform that helps drive economic growth and a pilot program in Michigan.

5. Promote the Detroit region as a growing and vibrant IT and entrepreneurial hub.

6. Commit to celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit – its successes and its failures – at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.

“This year’s Conference featured many national and regional thought-leaders, such as Gov. Jeb Bush, Michelle Rhee, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski who have provided their insight to put Michigan on a path to prosperity and the robust economic growth we need,” Baruah said. “We have to now take that conversation from the Mackinac stage and put them into action. Michigan has all the ingredients needed for success in the 21st century, we just need to bring together the business, community, political and philanthropic leaders from around the state to make it happen.”

The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference will take place from Wednesday, May 28 through Friday, May 30.

Detroit Regional Chamber 2013 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. Approximately 1,600 attendees gathered for the 2013 Conference, held May 29 – May 31 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The Conference focused on three pillars: education, cultural change and 21st century global market.

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