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Detroit Regional Chamber Releases 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List and Announces 2015 Conference Dates

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 30, 2014 – After three days of discussions featuring top state, regional and national thought-leaders, the Detroit Regional Chamber unveiled its 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List. Conference Chair Henry B. Cooney, president and CEO, Plunkett Cooney and Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah announced the list of four items, informed by input from Governor Rick Snyder, at the conclusion of the annual Conference.

“We have had three days of candid discussions about many of the key issues facing Michigan from the need for STEM education funding and cultivating Michigan’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Cooney said. “The To-Do List is about taking that conversation and making an impact for Michigan.”
The Chamber committed to executing the following action items based on the conversation held at the 2014 Conference:

1. Support the effort to achieve a “yes” vote in the August election to repeal the “personal property tax,” which will enable Michigan to eliminate this job-killing tax and protect revenue for key local services, such as police and fire.

2. Collaborate on a plan to position Detroit to the global business community as it comes out of bankruptcy – to be “loud and proud” about Detroit’s assets and future.

3. Support Mayor Mike Duggan’s TeenWork Detroit Summer 2015 jobs initiative for youth in the city of Detroit.

4. Celebrate the “disagreeables,” as described by Malcolm Gladwell, the innovators that are defying conventional thinking and creating ground-breaking companies in Michigan.

“This year’s Conference featured many national and regional through-leaders such as Malcolm Gladwell, Jim Clifton, Mitch Daniels and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, 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 it into action. Michigan has the ingredients needed for success in the 21st century, we need to continue to bring together the business, community, political and philanthropic leaders from around the state to make it happen.”

The 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference will take place from Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29.

About the 2014 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, 1,700 attendees gathered for the 2014 Conference, held May 27-May 30 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The Conference focused on three pillars: entrepreneurship, STEM education and impact.
About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit

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