Roger Penske and Joseph Guyaux lead Urban Areas Session

Mackinac Policy Conference focuses on Detroit and Pittsburg

tJoseph C. Guyaux, senior vice chairman and chief risk officer of PNC, and Roger Penske, founder and chairman of the Penske Corporation will discuss ways to collaborate and move urban areas forward during the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, sponsored by PNC, focused on innovation, collaboration and positioning Michigan to succeed in the 21st century global market.

tPenske and Guyaux will discuss the continued revitalization of cities like Detroit and Pittsburgh, and how the cities can continue to progress and become more globally competitive. Business columnist for the Detroit Free Press Tom Walsh will moderate the discussion.

t“Detroit and Pittsburgh are resilient and can continue to learn from each other about adapting and staying competitive in the global economy,” said Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, who is Chair of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. “These two cities are making great progress in re-inventing themselves."

tThis session builds off action items from the 2010 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List, which sent a delegation of Detroit regional business, civil and political leaders to Pittsburgh to see firsthand the effects of the economic turnaround the city achieved.

tThere will also be a chance to meet the Team Penske Izod Indy Car Series drivers Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves and Will Power during a meet-and-greet session and photo-op, also sponsored by PNC, at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. The Detroit Regional Chamber pushed the Conference up a day to allow for an early departure from Mackinac Island, giving Conference attendees time to make it back to Detroit for the return of the Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix.

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