This year’s Mackinac Policy Conference has wrapped up. Business leaders, government officials and the media have spent much of the past week discussing key issues related to the City of Detroit’s well-being. Community redevelopment was a frequent topic of conversation on the island. Matt Elliott is the Michigan Market President for Bank of America. He..
MACKINAC ISLAND -- The post-bankruptcy era is bringing changes to the Detroit Institute of Arts, some related to the case, some not. Museum Chief Operating Officer Annmarie Erickson discusses the last year with WDET’s Sandra Svoboda during the Mackinac Policy Conference. Among the changes: New challenges for museum fundraising. “Raising $100 million for Detroit’s pensioners in the..
Jerome tells Stephen that the battle over Detroit schools has been a significant topic at the conference, with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan talking about his plans to get involved and take on some part of the enormous task. While the financial aspect of the schools is dire, Jerome notes that many at the conference have..
Speaking with Detroit Today Host Stephen Henderson at the Mackinac Policy Conference, former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr says, “I miss it here.” Working at his current job back at the Jones Day law firm in Washington, Orr says, “It feels like I’m jogging not running.” At the policy conference this time last year, Orr..
Michigan voters rejected a ballot proposal earlier this month, which would have raised the state sales tax to generate an additional $1.2 billion for road repairs and maintenance. But Westland Mayor William Wild says roads are still the top issue for his residents. He’ll appear on a panel to discuss the subject Friday morning at the..
The 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference wraps up Friday with a panel discussion on roads. Michigan voters rejected a sales tax increase on May 5 that would have generated more than $1 billion a year to fix roads and bridges. WDET’s Jerome Vaughn spoke with Westland Mayor William Wild, who says state politicians need to listen to local leaders...
Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner is pushing regional mass transit while he makes the rounds at the Mackinac Policy Conference this week. Meisner says southeast Michigan is losing young talent because of the lack of a regional transit system that embraces buses, light rail and even bicycles. “I think that investment in a regional transit..
The judge who oversaw Detroit’s bankruptcy case says the city’s recovery depends, in part, on its residents. Speaking at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Judge Steven Rhodes analyzes the message he included at the end of his opinion confirming the city’s post-bankruptcy plan. He calls on the city's residents to participate in democracy. “I wanted to focus the..
MACKINAC ISLAND -- The chief mediator in Detroit’s bankruptcy case says he's hoping that the city of Detroit and counties of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb soon finalize the Great Lakes Water Authority. Terms of the memo of understanding, signed during the city’s bankruptcy trial, call for a lease agreement to be finalized by June 14. Chief U.S. District..
It’s been almost 70 years since the Ford Foundation moved its headquarters from the Motor City to the Big Apple. This summer, its trustees are “coming home” to the city where the company’s founders made their fortunes, at least for one board meeting. Foundation CEO Darren Walker, speaking at the Mackinac Policy Conference, said the foundation will..