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Engaging in Detroit’s Transformation

The Detroit Policy Conference invites key business leaders to discuss Detroit’s comeback

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An entrepreneurial spirit and a holistic approach to regional collaboration are keys to growth and revitalization in a changing economic environment. The Detroit Regional Chamber is taking a hands-on approach to spurring a thriving business and investment climate in the Detroit region by gathering influencers, legislative leaders and innovative thinkers together for a day of discussion and new ideas during the 2013 Detroit Policy Conference.

The inaugural 2012 Conference was a major success, bringing in more than 400 dynamic entrepreneurs, small business owners, major corporations and civic partners to engage in conversation on Detroit’s transformation. This year will be no different as the Chamber will once again host a day dedicated to Detroit’s continued comeback.

The 2013 Detroit Policy Conference will be held at the MotorCity Casino Hotel on February 28, 2013, and will showcase Detroit’s continued transformation by inviting key decision-makers who are leading Detroit’s comeback to share their expertise and inspire innovative solutions that encourage urban revitalization.

Conference attendees will gain an increased awareness of what’s happening in the Detroit region and how the business climate looks, make connections to people who are currently making things happen and learn how they can engage and be a part of the continued transformation taking place.

“Once again, this Conference is going to showcase the business argument for Detroit – directly from the mouths of our business owner,” said Emily Doerr, the small business and urban initiatives manager for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “More people are moving to the city, opening businesses in the city and finding ways to invest in the city, and the city government itself is becoming more business friendly. Detroit is open for business.”

Joining the Conference as one of several notable keynote speakers is author and well known “urbanist” Richard Florida, who recently completed a five-part video series, titled “Detroit Rising,” focused on the Motor City and the importance of looking at development through entrepreneurial eyes.

Florida is renowned for his knowledge of urban planning and will add an enlightening perspective to the Conference agenda, which focuses on policies that promote innovation and investment in Detroit-based businesses while positioning the city to attract the talent and entrepreneurship needed for the city to flourish into a prosperous urban center.

In addition to hearing from esteemed national speakers, attendees will gain knowledge and access that will help them power Detroit and the business community during an action-packed agenda centered on the city’s growth.

“Dr. Florida will offer insight and inspiration on creative ways 21st century businesses can innovate to reach new consumers, attract today’s talent and be a part of Detroit’s rising as a vibrant urban center of a flourishing region,” Doerr said.

In order to power Southeast Michigan and Detroit’s economy, the Chamber continually commits to helping urban and suburban businesses engage in opportunities to grow or make an impact in Detroit while staying connected to city hall and working to help Mayor Dave Bing on special initiatives.

The Chamber has also been working to put one of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List items into action efforts to help regional Detroit businesses cut through local government red tape in the city.

To learn more about the 2013 Detroit Policy Conference, visit the Events page.