MACKINAC ISLAND (CBS 62) – Celebrating the Motor City’s revival and helping the city two years after bankruptcy were among hot topics at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 36th annual Mackinac Policy Conference where “Michigan Matters” cameras were on hand.
An all-star cast of leaders from business, politics, and education appear with “Michigan Matters” Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain to talk about the issues.READ MORE: Meet These Two Bear Cubs Who Have Become Inseparable At The Detroit Zoo
The show airs 11:30 a.m. Sunday on CBS 62.
Guests include Flint Mayor Karen Weaver who discusses her home town and how it is dealing with issues after the man made crisis lead to corroded pipes and lead in its water.
Also appearing: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Gary Peters, Cong, Candice Miller, Cong, Debbie Dingell, Michigan Chamber of Commerce CEO Rich Studley, Michigan GOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, DEGC’s Rod Miller, Business Leaders for Michigan CEO Doug Rothwell, Detroit Science Center’s Tonya Matthews.
MEDC CEO Steve Arwood and Chris Holman, founder of Michigan Business Network, discuss the importance of small business to the region and state.
The three URC leaders — UM President Mark Schlissel, MSU President Lou Ann Simon and WSU President M. Roy Wilson – elaborate on how they are impacting the Motor City in a positive way.
And they also talk about the state’s blue economy and importance of protecting our streams, Great Lakes and rivers.
Ric DeVore, Regional President of PNC, talks about his bank’s $100,000 donation to Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward, a project spearheaded by the Detroit Historical Society.READ MORE: Delta Wants Other Airlines To Share ‘No-Fly’ Lists To Help Stop Unruly Passengers
It’s intended to commemorate events leading up to the summer of 1967 and discussions to help move Detroit forward.
“PNC’s support of Detroit 67 reflects our commitment to strengthening the communities where we do business,” said DeVore. “As the 50th anniversary of the 1967 civil disturbance approaches, it’s vital that we come together to remember what happened and why. Only then can we truly move forward.”
DHS is conducting interviews and seeking stories from the past 100 years as well which will contribute to the creation of the largest collection of oral histories amassed on this subject
“The Detroit 67 project will cover a period of 150 years,” said Project Director Marlowe Stoudamire.
Heather Paquette, managing partner of the Detroit office of KPMG LLP , talks about their new literacy program.
“KPMG Detroit is celebrating serving the business and civic community for more that 100 years. As part of our celebration, KPMG Families for Literacy is donating more than 11,000 books to the kids in Detroit through United Way’s Meet Up, Eat Up and Read Up powered by KPMG,“ she said.
We know when kids have access to books at home, they are more likely to read and be prepared for school,“ she added.MORE NEWS: Veteran Needs Help With Home Repairs
You can hear those conversations by watching Michigan Matters 11:30 Sunday only on CBS 62.