Detroit Public TV & MiVote Expands Coverage of the Mackinac Policy Conference

MiVote MackinacDetroit Public Television has once again partnered with the Detroit Regional Chamber to bring you unprecedented coverage of the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference online, on-the-air and via media, corporate and community partners. Join host Christy McDonald for three days of the most important issues facing Michigan. It is the next best thing to being there!

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Christy McDonald at the 2013 Mackinac Policy ConferenceViewers can watch today, Wednesday, May 28 from 1pm to 6pm ET, full-length coverage of the conference in Metro Detroit on DPTV’s Channel 56.2 for over-the-air viewers, Channel 287 on Comcast, Channel 155 on Brighthouse and Channel 432 on Charter. The same coverage will stream live on the website. will also feature edited segments of conference sessions and interviews with newsmakers, as well as social media interaction through Twitter and Facebook.


New this year:

Special Live Screening and Chat during Duggan & Orr's Keynote AddressesThe MiVote Mackinac coverage will include a special live screening and chat for two very important sessions: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Through a new social screening platform called OVEE – the Online Video Engagement Experience, you can watch the live stream and discuss your views.  Even though you can’t make it to the Grand Hotel, you can still contribute to the conversation. Add to calendar >


Day 1: Overview

The first day of the Mackinac Policy Conference will feature critical conversations about Michigan’s reinvention and Detroit following bankruptcy court. Governor Rick Snyder will kick off the conference with remarks about the need for stakeholders to take part in the state’s turnaround plan; while Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will give a report card about where the city stands and where it is headed nearly six months into his administration.

Throughout the day, speakers will tackle the conference’s three main pillars: Entrepreneurship, Economic Transformation and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with Gallup Chairman and CEO and author Jim Clifton providing insight into the changing demographics across the nation and their impact on society, politics and business. He will be followed by a panel on Today’s Entrepreneur: Opportunities, challenges and lessons from failure featuring Peter Gardner, Founder and CEO, Sartgrid, Inc; Adam Lowry, Co-Founder and Chief Greenskeeper, Method Products, Inc; Eric Ryan, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Architect, Method Products, Inc., and John Sosa, Founder and CEO, IMRSV.

STEM Economy and the importance of educating the next generation will be the focus of another panel, featuring: Tonya Allen, President and CEO, the Skillman Foundation; Von Washington Jr, Executive Director of Community Relations, The Kalamazoo Promise; and Tiffany Williams, Executive Director of Teach for America Detroit.


MACKINAC DAY 2 – What can you expect?

How critical is STEM to Michigan’s workforce? Can Detroit overcome obstacles and compete in a global world? And, do we have what it takes to reinvent entrepreneurship and attract the next workforce?


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