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Mackinac Policy Conference coverage

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The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference is history.

Some 1,400 business and political leaders from Southeast Michigan and across the state took part in many a heady discussion about the state's future, hinged on the conference’s three pillars: education reform, cultural change and the 21st century global marketplace. 

For extensive, in-depth coverage into the annual Detroit Regional Chamber event, visit our friends at Crain's Detroit Business and their dedicated Mackinac Conference website.

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Also this year, MiBiz shared some perspective from a business adviser on the ground at the event. That reaction came via blog posts by Kurt M. Brauer, a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP's Southfield office. Brauer co-chairs the firm's economic incentives group, which works with clients on real estate redevelopment projects. He can be reached at [email protected].

Brauer’s posts (arranged from most recent to oldest) are linked below. 

DAY 3: IT’S A WRAP – LESSONS & QUESTIONS FROM MPC13 

The main conference events concluded this morning with Gov. Rick Snyder's keynote address. The noticeably smaller, yet very enthusiastic, crowd was revved up and ready to listen to the governor talk about the future of Michigan and how we need to make tough decisions to keep moving Michigan forward. It all started with a question: "In the last five years, how many of you here thought Michigan's best days were ahead of us or behind us?" CONTINUE READING ‘IT’S A WRAP – LESSONS & QUESTIONS FROM MPC13’

DAY 3: LOOKING FOR POLICY CONSENSUS? 

 The final day of this year's conference reinforced the three pillars of the policy: education reform, competing in the 21st Century global economy and changing our culture. First up, this morning's bipartisan policy discussion was led by WJR broadcast personality Paul W. Smith and included Reps. Jase Bolger and Tim Greimel and Sens. Randy Richardville and Gretchen Whitmer. CONTINUE READING ‘LOOKING FOR POLICY CONSENSUS’ 

DAY 3: MICHIGAN’S CYBER SECURITY & THE BLACK HATS

What to do? Public and private computer networks are under escalating siege from hackers across the globe, including misguided youths, terrorists and even other countries – both friend and foe. A 2012 study on cyber security from Deloitte noted that government agencies have lost more than 94 million records of citizens since 2009. At a cost of $194 per record, the expense is staggering. CONTINUE READING ‘MICHIGAN’S CYBERSECURITY & THE BLACK HATS’

DAY 2: MORNING JOE + AUTOMOTIVE OPTIMISM

A shot of espresso with your Afternoon Joe? The afternoon session started with a bang, with MSNBC "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski bringing a national perspective to the Island. If the conference is about reaching out to "the other side" to solve problems, there couldn't have been a better start. CONTINUE READING ‘MORNING JOE + AUTOMOTIVE OPTIMISM’

DAY 2: MAKING EDUCATION WORK FOR MICHIGAN

Do our schools need to be fixed? Is organic change required? Yes, according to Ann Arbor-native Michelle Rhee, CEO of Students First. Most definitely, yes. CONTINUE READING ‘MAKING EDUCATION WORK FOR MICHIGAN’

DAY 2: DETROIT IS A DESTINATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS

It's day two of the Mackinac Policy Conference, and we're off to a great start. The unexpected sunshine and (finally) seasonably warm temperatures have certainly lifted spirits and improved the mood on the island. The spotlight continues to shine on the three pillars: improving education, changing our culture (and mindset) and competing in the 21st Century global marketplace.

Case in point: Do you know Shinola? The company established itself in Detroit to make engines – but not the ones you are thinking of. CONTINUE READING ‘DETROIT IS A DESTINATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS’

DAY 1: MANUFACTURING IS NOT A CAREER OF LAST RESORT

"We need to make sure that schools are able to help fill
the pipeline with students that are capable of taking on the tough challenges,
whether on the plant floor or in the engineering office."

For those who pronounced the auto industry in Michigan dead during the depths of the recession, the speakers on this afternoon's auto supplier panel beg to differ. To paraphrase Mark Twain, news of that death turned out to be greatly exaggerated. CONTINUE READING ‘MANUFACTURING IS NOT A CAREER OF LAST RESORT’

DAY 1: CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP

"This conference is an opportunity to reflect on
the state's strengths (and capitalize on them) and
assess our weaknesses (and come up with innovative solutions)
in order to move Michigan forward.”

Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of RLJ Companies and Black Entertainment Television, delivered today's second keynote address, which focused on engaging men and women of color to become part of the economic engine of the United States. CONTINUE READING ‘CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP’

DAY 1: GAME ON

“It is truly amazing that the leaders of so many businesses, 
governmental entities and nonprofits have converged on this 
small chunk of rock in Lake Huron to continue the mission 
of solving our state’s fundamental issues.”

With this as the backdrop, Sandy Baruah kicked off the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference at 1 p.m. today. The Detroit Regional Chamber CEO and president laid out the three pillars of conference – education reform, cultural change and the 21st century global marketplace – along with his organization’s commitment to increase the state’s population, improve the economy and help Michigan’s auto industry. CONTINUE READING ‘GAME ON’

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