DER Weekends: What the Mackinac Policy Conference means for Detroit

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Jerome Vaughn

In the latest episode of DER Weekends, WDET news director Jerome Vaughn looks back on this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference and Detroit’s role in it.

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Every year, Michigan lawmakers and business leaders travel to Mackinac Island to share their ideas about how to make the state better.

The Mackinac Policy Conference is organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber but takes place pretty far from the city. It’s a meeting of the state’s most influential and powerful people, and is an opportunity for politicians, business people, philanthropists and others to create policy that affects all Michiganders.

But how can the people and interests of Detroit be well represented in policy discussions that happen so far away from the city?

WDET spoke with Sandy Baruah, the president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, to answer those questions.

Listen to the interview using the media player above.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.