The Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television have announced a new collaboration for the chamber’s signature event, the Mackinac Policy Conference, designed to deliver the highest level of access to content in conference history.

This year’s conference, in departure from past practices, will focus on statewide issues, while capitalizing on Gov. Rick Snyder’s personal engagement.

The conference is scheduled for June 1-3 on Mackinac Island.

DPTV will broadcast, Webcast and produce other content from the Conference and make it available via its multiple television channels and Web platforms, so the public can experience the significant discussion of the most important issues facing Michigan.

All content will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial broadcast outlet, as well as all other news organizations, in Michigan, to make coverage of the conference as accessible as possible.

DPTV plans to broadcast and or webcast:

* Coverage of conference sessions, featuring speakers and panel discussions
* A daily half-hour recap of conference activity
* Its weekly, long-running programs “American Black Journal” and “Am I Right,” from Mackinac Island
* Other live programming featuring conference participants and topics.

“Doing things differently in Michigan starts with doing things differently at the conference,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “This collaboration with Detroit Public Television helps the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference be more accessible to all Michiganians.”

“The Mackinac Policy Conference is the single most important gathering of leaders focused on Michigan’s future,” said Rich Homberg, president and general manager of Detroit Public Television. “DPTV and are proud to make this event more accessible to citizens, including more voices and minds in the conversation around issues to create even greater impact. Using our on-air and online platforms will ensure that the information made available by the Detroit Regional Chamber reaches more people than ever before.”

Through its project, Detroit Public Television is seeking to engage more citizens in meaningful discussions about Michigan’s future.
DPTV’s coverage of the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference is made possible with the support of the Masco Corp. Foundation, PVS Chemicals and the Center For Michigan.

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