Mackinac Policy Conference 2019

Mackinac Policy Conference 2019
April 28, 2019 paperlesslion

Catch the Mackinac Policy Conference — LIVE — as it happens Wednesday through Friday this week. Tune in for the year’s most important discussions of the issues confronting our city and state. Education and the “Future of Jobs” are among the highlights this year. Presented by the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television, follow the discussion via Livestream on or Facebook Live.

The long convoy of state and city leaders is on its way up I-75 to the most important annual convening on every policymaker and solution seeker’s calendar – the Mackinac Policy Conference. Starting tomorrow, Mackinac becomes the scene of crucial discussions on the issues confronting Michigan, replacing fudge and horse-drawn carriages as the great attraction on the island.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television (DPTV) partner to provide not only Michigan residents but the world a seat at the table, through a livestream of virtually every talk and panel during the three-day conference.

DPTV’s One Detroit team of Christy McDonaldStephen Henderson and Nolan Finley preside over the coverage, providing informative interviews and insightful analysis of topics at the conference.

From tomorrow until Friday, the conference will draw nearly 1,700 of the finest government, academic, business and community thinkers for sessions focused on this year’s three pillars:

  1. Prepare Michigan – Education and Talent
  2. Grow Michigan – Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
  3. Love Michigan – Sustainability and Stewardship

This year, the conference will dedicate a solid block of time on Thursday afternoon to discussion of that all-important first pillar. There is a general understanding that Michigan is falling behind other states in educating our children but also a renewed commitment to solving that problem.

Among the highlights of Thursday’s “Education Crisis” block:

  • 1:20 p.m. ET: Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College, presents “The Problem,” statewide data that articulates the current state of education in Michigan.
  • 1:30 p.m. ET: Former Florida Gov.  Jeb Bush says “Change Is Possible” and shares his experience and best practices overhauling Florida’s education system. (Available on the livestream, but not on-demand)
  • 2:00 p.m. ET: A panel consisting of Tonya Allen of The Skillman Foundation, Paula Herbart of the Michigan Education Association, Doug Rothwell of Business Leaders for Michigan and moderator Richard L. DeVore of PNC Financial Services Group offers “Michigan’s Response” – innovative approaches to improving the state’s education system including  the statewide coalition, Launch Michigan, which advocates for improved school performance.

Education is further explored on other days, including these sessions:

  • Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. ET: “An Equitable Start: Aligning Early Childhood and K-12 Systems to Maximize Impact,” a panel discussion with Richard L. DeVore of PNC Financial Services Group, Rip Rapson of The Kresge Foundation, La June Montgomery Tabron of W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Nikolai Vitti of the Detroit Public Schools and moderator Rochelle Riley, former columnist of the Detroit Free Press.
  • Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. ET: “Ready Students, Ready Communities,” a keynote address by Karen J. Pittman, President and CEO of The Forum for Youth Investment,” followed by a panel discussion.

The schedule for DPTV’s livestream of the Mackinac Policy Conference is:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. – ~ 5 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, May 30, 7:45 a.m.  – ~ 5 p.m. ET
  • Friday, May 31, 8:30 a.m. – ~ 11 a.m. ET

In addition, DPTV will offer:

  • A daily half-hour recap of conference activity Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. with Christy McDonaldNolan Finley and Stephen Henderson
  • Live and recorded interviews with speakers, conference participants and analysts

The complete agenda of the conference can be found here.

All content, including livestreams, are offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial broadcast outlet, as well as other interested organizations, to continue to make coverage of the MPC as widely accessible as possible.

Organizations may access the coverage to run on their own websites and Facebook pages.  The embed code can be found here.

In addition, most of this content will be available on-demand at

At Detroit Public TV, we are grateful to our partners who make this possible, including the Detroit Regional Chamber and our generous sponsors: MASCO Corporation Foundation, Cynthia & Edsel Ford Fund for Journalism at DPTV, Business Leaders for Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, ITC Holdings, Inc., Michigan Technological University and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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