Since Bill Pink became the tenth president of Grand Rapids Community College two years ago, he has become a leading voice for the state’s network of 28 community colleges.
MACKINAC ISLAND — Education reform took center stage at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, the annual gathering of the top business and government leaders in Michigan organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Having represented his hometown of Flint in Congress since 2013, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee remains focused on fixing the ongoing water crisis in the beleaguered city. Like many, Kildee believes the situation is indicative of what can happen when basic infrastructure gets ignored. As Kildee calls for those long-term investments, his name continues to pop up as a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate in two years when current Gov. Rick Snyder’s term is up. Kildee spoke with MiBiz at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference about his political aspirations and the need for government to invest in infrastructure and public education.
While ongoing crises with the Detroit Public Schools and Flint’s poisoned water get the majority of headlines, Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s committed to tackling a number of other important issues around the state. The term-limited governor says the remainder of his two years in office will focus on fixing problems, everything from determining how Michigan will fund much-needed infrastructure upgrades to positioning the state as a hub for mobility. Snyder sat down with MiBiz for a wide-ranging discussion during the Mackinac Policy Conference in early June.
A looming cloud hung over this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, and it wasn’t left over from Wednesday’s rain. The majority of the approximately 1,500 attendees at the annual retreat hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber were laser-focused on two issues the state would rather not be known for: the legislative budget fight for the nearly-bankrupt Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and the ongoing Flint water crisis.