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When Michigan Wins

Patti Poppe 

Patti Poppe – President and CEO, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy; Chair, 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference

I’m thrilled and honored to chair the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference this year. The Conference always shines a spotlight on the major opportunities that our state is embracing. New political leadership at the state level and rapid evolution in our state’s automotive and high-tech industries make this a perfect time to focus in on Michigan’s priorities and future. 

Since last year’s Conference, I’ve had the chance to travel the state, visiting customers and my co-workers, and see the face of Michigan firsthand. There’s innovation at work. Michigan is preparing our talent, growing our state through spirited entrepreneurs and taking a stand for running our companies with sustainable business practices. I am continually inspired by the people of Michigan! 

Change can disrupt our old ways of doing businesses, but it also offers a tremendous opportunity to bring Michigan’s 10 million residents together. The theme of this year’s Conference is One Michigan, and that means focusing on values that we all share.  

The three pillars for this year speak to those shared values and celebrate all that Michigan has to offer: 

  • Prepare Michigan: We must enable a world-class performance for our students, who will be our future! We must prepare students for a variety of careers, recognizing that not everyone travels the same career path. 
  • Grow Michigan: We must let the world know that Michigan is open for business, promote economic development and create opportunities for employers and entrepreneurs to choose Michigan and grow here. 
  • Love Michigan: What’s not to love? Our lakes, rivers, streams, and natural resources make Michigan the best place to live. Our job is to nourish what we have and preserve it for generations to come. 

I can’t wait for this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference to start. The issues we raise and discuss will plant the seeds for Michigan’s economy to continue growing well into the future. Let’s work together to share ideas, views and perspectives, and remember this: When Michigan wins, we all win. 

Patti Poppe is president and chief executive officer of Consumers Energy and CMS Energy and 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference Chair. 

To learn more about the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference pillars from regional leaders and industry experts, continue reading this special edition of Detroiter magazine.