DETROIT (WWJ) – It was back to work for hundreds of community and business leaders who spent much of last week on Mackinac Island for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference.
One of the most visible CEO’s at the Grand Hotel was Detroit Medical Center boss Mike Duggan who said he would decide at the end of the year if he would run for mayor of Detroit. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing hinted he would run again, adding he has a lot to accomplish in the next 18 months.
The chamber came out with a “to-do” list for this year. The 5 items include:
1. Partner with Governor Rick Snyder and key institutions to host a statewide military veterans hiring conference with the goal of securing Michigan employment for veterans.
2. Engage in an effort to help Detroit-based businesses cut through local government red tape to help promote business start-ups and success.
3. Lead a delegation of Detroit-area business leaders on a lessons learned trip to Washington, D.C. in partnership with Whole Foods Market and former Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams.
4. Accept the challenge from John McElroy, the host of WWJ’s Automotive Insight, and Autoline, and partner with the College for Creative Studies to engage in a Detroit Future Envisioning project.
5. Develop a program at the Detroit Regional Chamber to support promising entrepreneurs and businesses with access to coaching in best practices and capital.