Mackinac Policy Conference

The theme for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference was Rebuild, Reenergize and Reinvent.   Annually, this conference creates an opportunity to bring business and government together to create real, positive change in our state.  With speakers like best selling author Jim Collins, President and CEO of Harlem’s Children’s Zone, Geoffrey Canada, and Bill Ford, attendees gained unparalleled access to key decision makers and industry giants.  Under the leadership of Governor Snyder, the theme of Relentless Positive Action (RPA) was prevalent throughout the island.  This term was coined by Governor Snyder and is used throughout his administration in pursuit of excellence. The Governor’s opening remarks rallied and motivated business leaders and policy makers to create a laser focus on the betterment of our state.


The representation on the island comprised the best and brightest in Michigan. The energy was high and contagious. No matter what side of the aisle, be reassured that the leaders of this state are focused on economic prosperity and they’re doing something about it. The issues are difficult and times are tough, but that’s when Michiganders get tougher. We must stand together, be good ambassadors and support leaders who lead. The state’s administrators and captains of industry are courageous in their pursuit of economic prosperity and are committed to reach their goals.


Several initiatives were developed as a result of the conference. Governor Snyder, Conference Chairman Charles G. “Chip” McClure, and Detroit Regional Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Sandy K. Baruah announced the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference “To-Do” list to help the Chamber’s efforts to re-invent and re-energize Michigan.  Second, was the launch of Pure Michigan Business Connect, the new $3 billion public-private initiative, created by Governor Snyder with top business leaders to strengthen the administration’s economic gardening philosophy through an alliance of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), State of Michigan agencies and major Michigan companies and organizations.  These are forwarding thinking and strategic approaches to pushing Michigan to the top once again.

We can’t agree with everyone all the time. But we can agree that we all know how to pronounce Mackinac, we can experience the four seasons in one week and that some people do live in the thumb. Most importantly, we love the state and we will be #1 once again.

Jennifer Knott Giering