July 28, 2014 at 12:01 am

2014 Mackinac Policy Conference

Michiganís top business professionals, government leaders, corporate CEOs, political candidates and regional champions meet annually on Mackinac Island for the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. This year's conference, May 27-30, focuses on spurring entrepreneurship, statewide economic transformation and a heightened emphasis on science, math and technological education.

Conversations among the 1,600 attendees on the Grand Hotelís oversized porch likely will continue to focus on Detroitís still unfolding bankruptcy. Follow our coverage here.

  1. Mackinac panel discussion: Thriving Detroit key to statewide success

    As the city carves its path out of municipal bankruptcy, business, state and community leaders are optimistic about a 'healthy Detroit' that they say will drive the rest of the state.

    • 12:54 AM, May. 30, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Time of essence in Detroit bankruptcy case

    Mackinac Island Detroit's carefully planned bankruptcy calendar is getting squeezed, raising fears that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr could be ousted in late September before the historic case is completed.

  2. Mich. gay rights bid gains momentum as Snyder, growing business group signal support

    Gov. Rick Snyder voiced support for the first time Thursday for a legislative debate on whether Michigan should protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination as more companies stepped up pressure to change the law to compete for talented workers.

  3. Oakland Co. exec Patterson feels water pressure from Gov. Snyder

    Mackinac Island Very quietly, behind the scenes here, Gov. Rick Snyder and L. Brooks Patterson had their first face-to-face meeting Thursday on the contentious issue of regionalizing the Detroit water department, as Republicans tried to defuse a stand-off that has split the party's top elected officials and increasingly isolated the Oakland County executive.

  4. Wayne County exec race still waiting on UAW

    Mackinac Island Candidates for Wayne County executive are on Mackinac Island in force, working the porch of the Grand Hotel for donations and votes. They might be better off had they headed instead to Detroit's Jefferson Avenue and made their pitch at Solidarity House.

    • 9:36 AM, May. 29, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Michigan governor shakes up political stereotypes

    There, in the middle of the Grand Hotel's historic lobby, stood Rick Snyder and his wife, as a Republican backer publicly lashed the would-be governor for taking a rhetorical beating at a candidate forum.

  5. Dow Chemical official: Mich. 'headed in the wrong direction' on job training

    Michigan needs to change direction when it comes to the state of education and its future economy, a top business official said today at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

    • 6:52 AM, May. 29, 2014
    • SCHOOLS

    Michigan's top 3 universities pour $300M into water research over 5 years

    Michigan's three largest public universities are using the water resources of the state and the Great Lakes region as a tool for research and promoting economic development, according to a report to be unveiled today on Mackinac Island.

  6. Ex-Indiana Gov. Daniels says Michigan getting its mojo back

    Michigan used to have a reputation outside the state as a leader, and it's good to see it returning, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told officials attending the Mackinac Policy Conference on Thursday.

  7. Panelists touch on Michigan's successes, shortfalls at Detroit Regional Chamber conference

    Infrastructure, education and population growth are among the areas that will be key to the long-term revitalization across Michigan and its largest city, panelists said Thursday at the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference.

  8. Snyder's stance on Detroit water department plan riles suburbs

    Gov. Rick Snyder said today state lawmakers should not attempt to mix future control of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department with $195 million in state aid needed to bolster municipal pensions and help settle the city's bankruptcy.

  9. Duggan gives himself incomplete on Detroit neighborhood reform

    Mayor Mike Duggan told some of the state's top business and community leaders Wednesday that progress has been made in reforming city neighborhoods during his first five months in office, but he's not done.

    • 5:56 PM, May. 28, 2014
    • SCHOOLS

    Former NYC school leader urges focus on teaching, technology

    Dramatic changes in education are needed to prepare students for 21st century jobs, Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City Department of Education, said Wednesday at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

    • 12:35 AM, May. 28, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Detroit far from sealing Chapter 9 deal

    As Michigan's powerbrokers converge today for their annual confab on Mackinac Island, the long-sought fresh start for a struggling Detroit appears closer than any time in recent memory.

  10. UM's Coleman says innovation key to reviving Michigan

    Innovation is essential to reinventing Michigan's economy, and that's why the University of Michigan reimagined how it could become a catalyst in the state's ...

  11. Peters attacks Land on auto bailout position at Mackinac event

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters went after his Republican U.S. Senate opponent's stance on the 2009 federal auto bailout Wednesday during an appearance before ...

  12. Mackinac speaker: Invest in young entrepreneurs

    Americans need to invest more money into developing entrepreneurs and spend less time worrying about innovation, said Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup ...

  13. Editorial: An agenda for the Mackinac Policy Conference

    A year ago, the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference was dominated by the shadow of Detroit's impending bankruptcy and questions about how the ...

  14. Annual policy conference an asset

    The Mackinac Policy conference is the preeminent policy conference in Michigan and a one-of-a-kind asset.

  15. Detroit's bankruptcy in Mackinac policy conference's spotlight

    Michigan's business, nonprofit and political leaders will assemble this week for the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference as a path has ...

Watch live or on-demand video

Most of the sessions at the Mackinac Policy Conference will be carried in a live webcast supplied by Detroit Public Television, and available afterward for on-demand viewing.

Video: Analysis by Howes and Finley

Business columnist Daniel Howes and Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley talk about the key topics at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

About the conference

What: The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber

Where: The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

When: May 27-30

Who goes: 1,600 of Michiganís top business professionals, government leaders, entrepreneurs, political candidates and regional champions.

Agenda: See the full schedule

Speaker highlights: Gov. Rick Snyder | Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton | Joel Klein, former chancellor, New York City Department of Education | Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan | Racepoint Global Chairman and CEO Larry Weber | Joe Harlan, Dow Chemical vice president | Mitch Daniels, Purdue University president | Terri Lynn Land and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters

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