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Detroit Regional Chamber Releases 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List and Announces 2016 Conference Dates

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 29, 2015 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber unveiled its 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List following three days of discussions featuring top state, regional and national thought leaders. Governor Rick Snyder, Conference Chair Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner of Deloitte LLP, and Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah announced the list of four items at the conclusion of the annual Conference.

“The Mackinac Policy Conference is not a policy-making body – that job falls to our elected officials. The Conference role is to highlight the critical issues facing Michigan. I am proud that for the last five years we have held ourselves accountable for taking specific actions resulting from the Conference discussions,” Baruah said.

The 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List is:

  1. Promote ethos of ‘doing well by doing good’ by featuring one civic organization at each Mackinac Policy Conference that is helping to make Michigan a better place to live and work.
  2. Promote financial literacy in targeted communities through partnerships with financial services firms and the foundation and non-profit community.
  3. Support the revitalization of Detroit’s neighborhoods and narrowing of the opportunity gap through the promotion of entrepreneurship and gain a better understanding of micro-lending programs.
  4. Aggressively work toward the fix to Michigan’s critical transportation infrastructure that effectively solves the problem by dedicating sufficient long-term funding for this issue while keeping intact other critical funding essential to moving Michigan forward.

The 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference will be held Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3.

Detroit Regional Chamber 2015 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 attended the 2015 Conference, held from May 26 – May 29 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

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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