Detroit Evening Report: Agenda unveiled for the 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference

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A historical marker outside the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.

A historical marker outside the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.

The Detroit Regional Chamber has unveiled its agenda for the 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference. 

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The annual event — held every year after Memorial Day and taking place this year Tuesday, May 28 to Friday, May 31 — brings government, business and philanthropic leaders together at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. This year’s theme will be “Bridging the Future Together,” aiming to “inspire radical collaboration across divides.”

Conference speakers and sessions throughout the week will focus on key themes critical to Michigan’s future, including attracting businesses and jobs; improving education outcomes; strengthening infrastructure; and leading with innovation and equity.

One of the highlights at this year’s conference will be a bipartisan U.S. Senate debate with the top three candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties. Other speakers will include U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and several other community stakeholders from the metro Detroit area.

Conference sessions will be livestreamed by Detroit PBS. WDET will also be broadcasting several programs live from the Grand Hotel throughout the conference, including Created Equal, The Metro and All Things Considered.

For more information about the Mackinac Policy Conference or to review the full agenda, visit

Other headlines for Wednesday, May 8, 2024:

  • The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is holding a public meeting from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Wayne State University’s Student Center to hear public input as the body redraws several state Senate districts.
  • Wayne State University has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study eyesight problems in diabetics.
  • Today is the last day Michigan residents can apply for federal disaster assistance for the storms that hit the state last August.
  • Wayne State University is hosting the 2024 Collaborative Journalism Summit this Thursday and Friday, May 9-10, attracting journalists from across the country who will take part in workshops and discussions about how to better work together to cover the important stories in their communities. 

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