The 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference has been rescheduled to August. Get the inside story when Sandy Baruah of the Detroit Regional Chamber talks to One Detroit’s Nolan Finley about the decision to reschedule the state’s premier gathering of policymakers in light of COVID-19. Watch now at OneDetroitPBS.org and on the One Detroit Facebook page.
Background from Detroit Public Television:
One Detroit’s Nolan Finley spoke to Sandy Baruah, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, about its decision to postpone the 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference, usually held in May. It is now rescheduled to August 10-13.
In making its announcement, the Chamber cited state and federal guidelines regarding the convening of groups during the health emergency.
“We all hope that by early-mid August we’re looking at COVID-19 very much in the rearview mirror,” Baruah told Finley, “That is our guestimate at this point.
“But we are certainly keeping a very close eye and we are in very close contact with public health officials. And we will not conduct any event or meeting, including the Mackinac Policy Conference, unless it is certainly safe for everyone to be there.”
Baruah promised that the conference would not be reduced in scope in any way and that hotel rooms, restaurants and the other logistical necessities of the event are available. He also said that the economic recovery would be a major part of a revised agenda.
And, he encourages attendees to get their reservations now.
This year, as it has for the past nine years, Detroit Public TV will be the Chamber’s media partner, providing livestreams of the most important talks and panels during the conference, as well as anchor-desk coverage and interviews with key leaders. information from the Chamber can be found at mpc.detroitchamber.com
More information from the Chamber can be found at mpc.detroitchamber.com.
Finley’s exclusive interview is part of a series of special reports from DPTV’s One Detroit team, examining the impact of the coronavirus on the health and well-being of the community and talking to those who are navigating the realities of the crisis.