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Detroit Policy Conference - Detroit Regional Chamber

Detroit Policy Conference

2021 Detroit Policy Conference Welcomes the Business Community
Back to In-Person Events

The Detroit Regional Chamber was thrilled to gather with the local business community in-person for the first time in more than a year at the 2021 Conference on July 13 to discuss Detroit’s resilience and bright path ahead. Speakers offered insightful analysis of how to create opportunities for Detroit’s economic recovery, the importance of a thriving small business sector, and policy updates that will impact Detroiters’ futures. View some of the highlights below.

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Read Recaps from the Conference

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II: We Can Be Bold And Meet This Once-In-A-Generation Moment

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II sees a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address some of society’s most significant challenges from racial inequity to climate change – and unlock the state’s full potential and prosperity for all in the process. Read more. 

Mike Duggan: ‘People Never Lost Confidence In Our Future’

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, in a one-on-one discussion with Fox 2 News’ Roop Raj, shares the impact the pandemic had on Detroit and the city’s direction as it forges ahead. Duggan made it clear that Detroit isn’t behind, and that in the midst of crisis and uncertainty, the city kept moving and persevering. Read more. 

Jocelyn Benson: The State Of Democracy In Michigan

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson took the stage at the 2021 Detroit Policy Conference to discuss the state of democracy in Michigan and the importance of maintaining the integrity and protection of our state and country’s democratic processes. She reflected on the successes of the 2020 election and outlined the challenges that lie ahead. Read more. 

Detroit Pistons: Leadership On The Court And In The Community

Detroit Pistons’ Head Coach Dwane Casey took the stage to discuss leading and rebuilding the team as well as his perspective on the city of Detroit. In a one-on-one conversation with Greg Kelser, Pistons television analyst for Bally Sports Detroit, Casey offered insights on the Piston’s effort to have a lasting impact on the Detroit community. Read more.

Fresh Voices: The Future Of Dining In Detroit

Local restaurant owners took the stage to provide a look forward at the future of dining in Detroit. Stephanie Byrd, co-owner of The Block, Garden Theatre, Flood’s Bar and Grille, Jeremy Sasson, founder and chief executive officer of Heirloom Hospitality, and Bea Wolnerman, owner of Bea’s and Bea’s Squeeze were joined by Rhonda Walker, anchor for WDIV-TV 4, NBC to discuss how their businesses pivoted to create new opportunities. Read more.

WATCH: Speakers Explore The Future Of Inclusivity, Workplace And Space, And More

Several regional business experts took the 2021 Detroit Policy Conference stage to discuss the future of the city, policy, business, and workplace. These TED Talk-style sessions featured business leaders across industries and their takes on what’s next for Detroit. Watch the sessions.