Detroit Today: Transit, mental health and regionalism on the minds of county executives

Dave Coulter, Mark Hackel and Warren Evans discussed a wide range of Southeast Michigan topics at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

Each year in Michigan, political, business and philanthropic leaders gather on Mackinac Island for the Mackinac Policy Conference, an event that represents the largest collection of folks driving policy in the state.

In this conversation, executives from Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties explore topics like transit, water and the ways they can support each other.

Listen: The things most concerning — and exciting — for Southeast Michigan county execs.

Listen for Executive Evans at 1:35; Executive Hackel at 18:26; Executive Coulter at 35:49.


Warren Evans is Wayne County Executive. He says people have been focusing on regionalism and the ways that they can collaborate.

“Everybody that I’ve met this time (on Mackinac) basically said, ‘What can we do together?’” says Evans.

Mark Hackel is the executive for Macomb County. He says the county is creating a new mental health facility to support residents.

“The reality is,” says Hackel, “as a county, we have the responsibility to do something if and when the opportunity presents itself. Well, that opportunity has presented itself.”

Dave Coulter is Oakland County Executive. He says we’re in a moment where resources are available on the state and federal level that can help move forward on regional transit.

“We’re figuring out what we agree on and where that sweet spot is,” says Coulter.

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