Detroit’s ‘Future’ discussed at Mackinac Policy Conference #MackinacPolicyCon #TellUsDetroit #Detroit #GovernorSnyder

Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Detroit Financial Advisory Board to meet with or without the two Detroit members the city council has neglected to appoint. “What they’ve (Detroit City Council) elected to do is not appoint members to the board, and my view is I think the board should meet,” Snyder said. “If they don’t show up, there’s no reason the board can’t meet, if you look at the agreement. (“Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (Tell Us Det) – The 32nd annual Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference kicked off Tuesday afternoon with an opening address from Governor Rick Snyder, emphasizing the importance of positioning Michigan to succeed in the 21st century global marketplace and how crucial that is to moving the state forward.

Some of the state’s top entrepreneurs and innovative CEOs discussed the state of business and the return of jobs to detroit and the region, how entrepreneurship can be the catalyst for economic recovery for Michigan.

Detroit’s public officials are all on the island, and the city’s turnaround will be the focus of discussion at many power meetings and media interviews.

The event is also giving a chance to potential candidates to test the political waters and drum up support from potential donors during the evening’s networking buffet on the Big Porch at the Grand Hotel.

Detroit Regional Chamber Tuesday announced a new campaign effort to raise $2 million annually from the private sector to spur economic development in Detroit and southeast Michigan.

The “Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign” will be co-chaired by DTE Energy Chairman, President and CEO Gerry Anderson and Meritor, Inc. Chairman, CEO and President Chip McClure, who joined other officials for the announcement at the conference.

“This whole effort is about driving job growth and business creation in southeast Michigan,” said chamber president and CEO Sandy K. Baruah on the porch of the historic Grand Hotel. “It’s presenting ourselves nationally and internationally and making sure we have the resources in the region through our counties to execute.”

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