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Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to Take Michigan’s Center Stage at 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference

DETROIT, April 4, 2014 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr as a speaker for the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference. Held Tuesday, May 27 through Friday, May 30, the Conference will spur a comprehensive dialogue focused on the three pillars of entrepreneurship, education and impact.

“Michigan ultimately goes as Detroit goes, and that’s a reality that leaders across Michigan need to embrace,” said Plunkett Cooney President and CEO Henry B. Cooney, chair of the 2014 Conference. “Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy is critically important to Michigan’s future. Kevyn Orr’s perspective on how to put Detroit on a sustainable path must be central to this statewide discussion about Michigan’s global competitiveness.”

Taking the stage at the Conference, Orr will discuss the progress since his appointment in March 2013 and what is needed to position the city for success moving forward. Just months before his expected departure this fall, Orr will give insight into the short and long-term vision for Detroit’s sustained growth, as well as the blueprint it provides for municipalities around the nation facing similar challenges.

“From the start, the Detroit bankruptcy has served as a case study for confronting daunting challenges with bold and innovative leadership,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “Kevyn Orr has effectively managed that process, setting a national precedent in the process. Leaders will look to Orr’s work in Detroit for decades as cities across the nation confront their own mounting challenges of municipal insolvency.”

Orr is part of a speaker lineup that includes: Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO, Gallup Inc.; author, “The Coming Jobs War;” Mike Duggan, mayor, city of Detroit; Malcolm Gladwell, author, “David and Goliath;” Joel Klein, CEO, Educational Division, News Corporation; former chancellor, New York City Department of Education; and Rick Snyder, governor, state of Michigan.

The 2014 Conference aims to create a more globally competitive and financially attractive business environment in Michigan through three pillars:

  • Entrepreneurship: Encourage a culture of innovation through forward-thinking policy, capital infusion, and talent availability to ensure entrepreneurs are a core component of Michigan’s DNA;
  • Education: Drive job growth by focusing on progressive curriculum for 21st century jobs, including STEM education and advanced skilled trades, to ensure Michigan employers have access to a broad pool of talent;
  • Impact: Lead economic transformation in Michigan and Detroit, as a catalyst for other states to follow, by boldly confronting real problems with innovative state policy, precedent-setting financial turnaround measures and building a government structure to attract new investment and jobs.

Detroit Regional Chamber 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 1,500 attendees will gather for the 2014 Conference, which will be held May 27 – May 30 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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