2018 Detroit Policy Conference to Focus on Improving Community Relations


The Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2018 Detroit Policy Conference, to be held March 1 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, will offer insight on the need for civility in public discourse, communities, and the workplace.

More than 60 speakers will take the stage at the conference, and sessions will highlight examples of people and projects that have put differences aside and moved Detroit forward through civility.

“From the beginning, the Detroit Policy Conference has sought to inspire and inform regional business leaders about what is happening in Detroit,” says Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “This year, carrying from our work at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, the theme is ‘creating a culture of civility.’ In order to move the Detroit region forward, we must rise above the national dialogue and work together with the highest levels of civility.”

The centerpiece session, beginning at 12:50 p.m., will feature James Craig, Detroit police chief, and Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

The conference will discuss what it means to be civil and examine the role traditional and social media play in driving incivility.

The conference will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $209. Breakfast and lunch are included. For more information on the event and registration, click here.

The Detroit Policy Conference began in 2012 and annually brings together about 700 urban and suburban leaders from business, civic, and government organizations in an effort to promote collaborative efforts to grow business in Detroit.

The Detroit Regional Chamber is more than 100 years old and is one of the oldest chambers of commerce in the country. Its mission is to power the economy for southeast Michigan through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration, and providing benefits to members.

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