MACKINAC ISLAND (WWJ) – Gov. Rick Snyder calls for action, not just talk, to come out of this year’s Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference.
Speaking before hundreds of the state’s business, community and political leaders on Wednesday, the governor said he began attending the three-day event when he moved back to Michigan back in the 1990s — but eventually stopped coming.
“Because I came up for a couple years, two or three years, and a heard a discussion on regional transportation, and I heard that same discussion two or three years in a row, and nothing happened,” Snyder said. “And (out of) most of the discussion items, nothing happened.”
“And the point is, is most of our time and resources are too valuable to do something where nothing happens, to be open with you,” he said. “So that’s where impact is critically important. This is now a conference of impact; it’s an opportunity for impact.”
“…Let’s make sure we come out of this meeting with action items coming out of this meeting to get done,” he said.
Impact, along with STEM education and entrepreneurship are the three pillars of this year’s conference.
Snyder says Detroit has a huge impact on the rest of the state.