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Detroit’s economy, entrepreneurship on agenda at ‘Davos of Michigan’

Some 1600 people are expected to travel to picturesque Mackinac Island in northern Michigan this week to begin the 34th annual Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy conference. The three-day event features workshops with Michigan’s top business, government and academic leaders, who will discuss ideas for entrepreneurship, STEM education and the economic transformation of Detroit and the region.

U.S. Senate candidates Terri Lynn Land and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, who are vying for the seat of retiring Sen. Carl Levin, will speak; as will Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Gov. Rick Snyder. The conference has been dubbed the “Davos of Michigan” — referring to the annual policy wonk conference in Davos, Switzerland. The event takes place on Mackinac Island, a resort town and National Historic Landmark located between the upper and lower peninsulas in Lake Huron. Since motorized vehicles are banned on the island, horse drawn carriages and bicycles fill the Victorian streets.

Detroit Public Television and MiVote.org have a host of resources on the conference, including a live stream, which you can watch in the player above. Click for a schedule of events for the live stream.

Highlights include (all times EDT):

Wednesday, May 28
4:45 p.m.: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, interviewed by Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley

Thursday, May 29
2:45 p.m.: Gov. Rick Snyder interviewed by WWJ Newsradio reporter Vickie Thomas

Friday, May 30
9:40 a.m.: Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr interviewed by ABC News Nightline correspondent Vicki Mabrey

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