2024 Detroit Policy Conference to tackle Michigan’s population growth and business development

The Detroit Regional Chamber is gearing up to host the 2024 Detroit Policy Conference on January 11 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel. The annual gathering, presented by the Detroit Regional Chamber in January each year, draws hundreds of business and policy leaders. This year’s conference will explore initiatives and policy strategies that could bolster the state’s population and make Michigan an alluring hub for talent and business development. 

Ambassador John Rakolta Jr. and Shirley Stancato, Wayne State University Board of Governors Member, serve as chairs of the conference. The duo was also appointed to lead the Growing Michigan Together Council, a coalition announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference. Last month, the Council submitted its recommendations for enhancing Michigan’s appeal and vitality to the governor — many of which will shape discussions at this year’s conference. 

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One Detroit contributor Nolan Finley, the Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit News, previewed the conference’s agenda in a discussion with Detroit Regional Chamber’s President and CEO, Sandy K. Baruah. Their conversation delved into the key themes of the conference, shedding light on the pressing issues and potential solutions that will be explored by attendees.

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