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Mustang Mach E thoughts / A challenge to building more housing in Detroit / Mackinac next week

Mr. Friday, Devon O'Reilly, is in and we talk about a bunch of local to Metro Detroit things. Devon had dinner at The Little Club, his first eastside yacht club experience as a west sider. We had a chance to try the Ford Mustang Mach-E for a week, and have a number of thoughts on the electric car that doesn't give off electric car vibes. After touring the new housing construction on Fischer by Greatwater Homes, some thoughts on how this project was able to come together so well, sell homes qu...

Cheers from Mackinac Island (ft. Devon O'Reilly)

Catching up as we do every Friday, but this time at the end of a long week in the tail moments of the Mackinac Policy Conference. You're part of this conversation! Feedback as always - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com or 313-789-3211 Follow us on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Or Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Thanks to our members: http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit Or those who do a one-time contribution: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit...

Will Metro Detroit Become A Permanent Second-Class Region? That’s the Question At The Heart Of This Year’s Mackinac Policy Conference

The Detroit region is a proverbial frog boiling alive in a pot of water.   There are several major topics being tackled up here at the Mackinac Policy Conference — talent, transit, the opioid crisis and education among them. But the through-line that we see between all of them is “Will Metro Detroit become a permanent second-class region?” See, despite what some politicians would like to tell you, all is not rosy in the Paris of the Midwest. The city does have a comeback beginning. But anyon...

Mike Duggan Speaks Truth To Power About Detroit's Divided History

Finally. Across Metro Detroit, we usually do a terrible job of acknowledging our past and how those decisions impact our region today. But in an energetic speech in a venue where a message about race is uncomfortable for some, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan talked about the systematically racist policies that shaped our region today and finished with a standing ovation. The TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) version is thanks to a practice called redlining if you were white after World War II, you c...

When Fighting Back Against Detroit's Poverty, You Need An Education To Survive

As Khali Sweeney travels to represent his beloved Downtown Boxing Gym, one thing always remains on his mind: That education is a keystone to moving Detroit forward. Actually, it’s the only thing Sweeney thinks about as he and Downtown Boxing Gym Executive Director Jessica Hauser move through the crowds on Mackinac Island. They’re here to listen to the conversations about Detroit schools, to meet new Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti and to spread the work about their non-profit boxing gym. If...

The Mackinac Policy Conference: Benefits, Bourbon, And B.S.

As I’m now starting my fourth year on the island attending the Mackinac Policy Conference, I can tell you that most of the rumors you may have heard about this event are true. 1,700 or so leaders in various parts of metro Detroit’s business, political and nonprofit establishment have completed their annual migratory trip to the Grand Hotel, with the conference agenda officially starting tomorrow. And without fail, the same annual criticisms are leveled by some, especially on the left, that i...

PODCAST: These Two People Are Completely Transforming Detroit's Tech Landscape

If you could find two people who are irrevocably changing Detroit’s landscape as far as technology goes, you’d be hard pressed to find a more impactful pair than the CEO of Rocket Fiber Marc Hudson and Founder of Loveland Technologies Jerry Paffendorf. We caught up with them at the Mackinac Policy Conference and sat for an in-depth interview touching on a variety of Detroit-centric topics. After all, Hudson is doing what some thought impossible in bringing fiber speed internet to the city (...

Mike Rowe To Teach Michigan Students About Skilled Trades In New Video Series

Mike Rowe is known for getting dirty. The host of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” (and formerly of “Dirty Jobs”) is getting behind the camera to engage middle and high school students and show them opportunities in the skilled trades in Michigan. If you wonder “why the skilled trades, and why Mike Rowe?” here’s a little background for you. The blunt-speaking TV host is also the founder of the mikeroweWorks foundation, which encourages skilled trades across the nation. Michigan currently has a gap of...

5 Basics To Help Understand The Mackinac Policy Conference And Why It's Important

The Mackinac Policy Conference is an important event where there are lots of people making business connections that drive the economy in our region. There are great speakers, fancy trappings, and lots of smiles and energy. It’s a curious event where you might meet the mayor of a nearby suburb riding a bike next to you on your way to breakfast at the Grand Hotel, or ham it up with a CEO of a large company over a beer at a social mixer. Here are 5 things we thought might put the experience into...

Small Pop Up Shops From Detroit Make A Big Entrance At Mackinac

To use the parlance of today’s teens, Detroit’s small businesses knew how to bring it to the Mackinac Policy Conference. They brought pins. They brought literature. They brought pin-up girls dressed in patriotic garb who passed out the pins and literature. It was a greeting like no other. The brains behind it all? The marketing maverick known as Rachel Lutz, who is bringing her Peacock Room and its friends to Mackinac Island. Want to know how to get noticed in the best possible way among all...

Mackinac 2015 Kicking Off: Roads, Race, Talent, Transit, and D-Insurance, Oh My

Good morning from the Blogger Zone at the Grand Hotel. When it comes to the Mackinac Policy Conference, we’re going to focus on a few key areas. Although there are three official pillars of the conference – Talent, Urban Revitalization and Cohesion – we’re looking for stories that are a little more focused. Here are the five things we’re looking to cover – but over the next few days, almost anything can happen. Roads It’s the predominant conversation up here that’s not on the agenda. Ju...

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