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Detroit Regional Chamber Releases 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List and Announces 2018 Conference Dates

MACKINAC ISLAND, June 2, 2017 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber unveiled its 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List following three days of discussions featuring top state, regional and national thought leaders. Conference Chair Stephen Polk, president and CEO of Highgate LLC, and Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah announced the list at the conclusion of the annual Conference.

“The Mackinac Policy Conference is Michigan’s premier policy event. While we don’t make policy, we bring together statewide leadership to have honest and engaging conversations on the critical issues facing our state. The To-Do List is emerging as a substantive, impactful tradition of its own, challenging us to find new creative ways to put actions to our words,” Baruah said.

The 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List includes:

  1. Use the Chamber platform to launch a yearlong effort to encourage civility in political discourse in the Detroit region.
  2. Increase economic opportunity for Detroit Promise students by creating a pipeline to careers.
  3. Create a welcoming environment and platform for mobility entrepreneurs to establish a presence in the Detroit region.
  4. Advocate for bipartisan federal support to fund the rebuilding of the Soo Locks.

The 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference will be held Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 1.

Detroit Regional Chamber 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Chamber’s annual event – brings together business and government leaders 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. More than 1,700 attendees attended the 2017 Conference, held from May 30 – June 2 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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