Detroit Regional Chamber en ASSEMBLE aims to bring the Mackinac Policy Conference to everyone <p></p><p>Imagine the streets of Detroit running rampant with car races, motocross competitions, skateboarding, and other insanity.&nbsp;</p><p>That's what the organizers of ASSEMBLE pictured when they created this video to convince ESPN to choose Detroit as the new home for its summer X Games.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Despite the epic video, ESPN chose Austin for the games. But the energy and the spirit of the campaign lives on in ASSEMBLE, a group that aims to use community engagement to rebuild Detroit.</p><p>One of the recent efforts of ASSEMBLE is offering a way for new voices to become a part of important policy conversations in Michigan – t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he kinds of conversations that happen at the upcoming </span>Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Policy Conference put on by the Detroit Regional Chamber. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For those of you who can't afford the $2,700 ticket,&nbsp;<a href="">ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish)</a> could be for you.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garret Koehler and Kevin Krease, the co-creators of ASSEMBLE, and they joined us to share what exactly ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish) hopes to accomplish.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></span></p><p><i>– Paige Pfleger, Michigan Radio Newsroom</i></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:45:45 +0000 Stateside Staff & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17765 at ASSEMBLE aims to bring the Mackinac Policy Conference to everyone Snyder urges feds to act on new bridge, immigration proposal <p>Governor says plans to build a new bridge connecting Detroit and Canada have hit a snag—and he’s getting frustrated with the federal government.</p><p>The Governor spoke to the Detroit Regional Chamber while President Obama signed the new farm bill in Lansing Friday.</p><p>In 2012, Governor Snyder went around the state legislature and signed an agreement with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to build the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 16:26:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16365 at Snyder urges feds to act on new bridge, immigration proposal The latest on the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference <p>Michigan's business and political power-makers have gathered today on Mackinac Island.</p><p>Today is the opening day of the Detroit Regional Chamber's big annual policy conference.</p><p>There will be plenty of speeches and panel discussions about the economy, education, health care and a wide range of other policy issues?</p><p>And just as importantly, the Conference is a chance for politicians to network, to schmooze, and to drum up support and donations.</p><p>Michigan Radio's "It's Just Politics" team of Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta are on Mackinac to track all of this. They joined us today to talk about it.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:49:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 12790 at The latest on the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference Commentary: Mackinac and Education <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It sometimes seems that education reform has become a lot like the weather.&nbsp; We talk almost incessantly about it these days, but you have to wonder if anybody really can do much to change things.</span></p><p>The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mackinac Conference begins today, and education is a heavy focus. Michelle Rhee, the controversial founder of StudentsFirst and the former head of Washington D.C. public schools will give a keynote address. There will be a panel on 21st Century jobs and education, and another, moderated by Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White, on early childhood education.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:25:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12783 at Commentary: Mackinac and Education Business leaders react to Detroit mayor's corporate tax proposal <p>Business leaders in Detroit say they have a little more clarity now on Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s proposal to boost the city&rsquo;s corporate tax rate.</p><p>Bing wants to nearly double the tax &ndash; to one-point-nine percent &ndash; on C-Corporations. Those are companies that are incorporated. They tend to be larger businesses.</p><p>Sandy Baruah is the president of the Detroit Regional Chamber. He says C-Corps also tend to be the businesses that have been doing a lot of recent hiring in Detroit.</p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:03:13 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5136 at Business leaders react to Detroit mayor's corporate tax proposal