Each year the Mackinac Policy Conference brings leaders from government, business and education together to discuss culture, education and economic issues.
This year’s conference, May 29-31, is anticipated to attract more than 1,500 including national experts and thought leaders who will challenge attendees to work collaboratively to create a globally competitive business environment in Michigan. Below we have a roundup of some of the exciting events happening at this year’s conference.
2013 Mackinac Policy Conference attendees have the unique opportunity to take part in a number of can’t-miss Conference experiences.
Early Arrivers: Mark Hackel to Kick Off Opening Tigerfest Reception, May 28
The conference is beginning earlier than usual this year with a 1 p.m. start time on Wednesday, May 29. Join the early arrivers the night before the conference on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. as Macomb County Executive, Mark Hackel, kicks off the festivities with an evening of Detroit Tigers baseball versus the Pittsburgh Pirates featuring Tigers-themed graphics and prizes courtesy of Fathead.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row
On Thursday and Friday morning, attendees have the chance to watch and listen in as some of Michigan’s thought-leaders are interviewed by radio, television and digital media outlets across the state at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row in the Grand Hotel Dining Room.
The New 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference App
The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference app will allow attendees to personalize their conference experience like never before. Receive special conference promotions, submit questions to speakers, create a personalized agenda, view photos and video, allow attendees to provide feedback through surveys and much more. The new, robust mobile app is available for your iPad, iPhone or Android device.
Chamber staff will be in the Parlor on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help attendees download and use the app.
MLive Media Group Lounge
New this year, the MLive Media Group is bringing conference attendees a hospitality space to relax, check-out conference breaking news coverage and access the new 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference App, with the 12 iPad stations provided in the MLive Media Group Lounge. The lounge is located outside the Main Dining Room. Attendees can stop by the lounge to unwind and catch-up on the MLive news happening both on and off the island.
Opportunity Detroit Photo Boards and Booth
Conference attendees are now able to share thoughts and memories of the conference discussion with friends and colleagues with the help of the all-new Opportunity Detroit Photo Boards and Booth.
Opportunity Detroit Photo Boards will allow attendees to post, share and view pictures at the Conference from both Twitter and Instagram by using the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference hashtag, #MPC13. Share your experiences at the conference with other attendees through the photo boards, which will be located around Grand Hotel. Attendees can also get their picture taken while sharing their perspective on the opportunities taking shape in and around Detroit at the Opportunity Detroit Photo Booth. Receive a complimentary photo keepsake and see others impacting change by participating in the Opportunity Detroit photo activities.
The MLive BuzzBoards will once again connect all of the attendees on Twitter using the hashtag, #MPC13. Join in the discussion by using the #MPC13 hashtag and find out what others are talking about on and off the island.
Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee Mayoral Candidate Forum and Reception
The Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) will hold a Mayoral Candidate Forum and Reception at 5 p.m. on May 30 for a reception and Detroit mayoral debate featuring former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan, State Rep. Fred Durhal, former State Rep. Lisa Howze and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Additional candidate participation announcements are forthcoming.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion to Participate in Summerfast: A Night of NASCAR Thrills, May 29
After the action-packed first day of the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski will join Summerfast: A Night of NASCAR Thrills in the Tea Garden Tent at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Keselowski will be on hand with his championship trophy for an exciting evening featuring dance music from Grand Rapid’s own Brena.
Keselowski, a Rochester Hills, Mich. native, will drive his No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion NASCAR race car across the Mackinac Bridge at 6 p.m. prior to the Tea Garden Tent event later that evening. Fans are invited to see the car at 6:20 p.m. at the Bridge View Park in St. Ignace following the ride. Later in the evening, the Mackinac Bridge will be illuminated in blue in honor of the first Michigan native to become the NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. This event is sponsored by the Michigan International Speedway.
While on the Island for the conference, there may be some free time for attendees to explore and see why thousands of people visit Mackinac Island each year. Stop by to see the butterfly conservatory, Wings of Mackinac, to see hundreds of butterflies, dancing around you to gentle instrumental music. Rent a bike from Mackinac Island Bike Shop or Mackinac Wheels and take a bike ride on the 8 mile trail that wraps all the way around the island. After a busy day enjoy dinner at the Village Inn of Mackinac, the home of the famous “Planked Whitefish.” Finally, it wouldn’t be a trip to Mackinac without bringing home some Mackinac Island fudge. A few of the many fudge shops located on the island are Ryba’s, May’s Famous Mackinac Fudge and Murdick’s Fudge.
For more information on the conference visit http://www.detroitchamber.com/mpc/.