Mackinac Policy Conference 2021: Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah on Prioritizing Racial Justice
The Detroit Regional Chamber has been hosting the Mackinac Policy Conference for decades. Listen: Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah talks about the necessary changes to this year’s MPC . GuestSandy Baruah, CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber and host of the conference, says it was impossible to logistically conduct a live conference last year. He says the chamber waited until everyone could get a vaccine safely before deciding to make the 2021 conference live. Baruah also explains “racial justice and equity for all” needed to be one of the conference’s pillars this year.wdet.org
Michigan Senate GOP leader will skip Mackinac policy conference over vaccine requirement
LANSING, MI — Michigan’s top ranking Republican lawmaker will not be attending an annual policy conference on Mackinac Island over its vaccine policy. “It appears the Chamber cowed to political science rather than embrace actual science,” Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said Tuesday in response to the announcement that vaccinations will be required to attend the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference in September. In a statement Tuesday, the Detroit Regional Chamber confirmed its vaccine policy that participants in this year’s annual conference must be vaccinated. “Our COVID-19 immunity should be the sum of those who choose to get shots PLUS those who have been infected and developed natural immunity. There should be no discrimination or coercion of those with natural immunity.mlive.com
Detroit Policy Conference Returns In-Person as Region Faces Significant Challenges
The Detroit Regional Chamber will hold its first in-person Detroit Policy Conference in more than a year on Tuesday, July 13. “One of the primary tenets of the Detroit Regional Chamber is that progress is best made — in fact, maybe only better made — when people with disparate views … come together for a conversation … a civil conversation.” —Sandy Baruah, Detroit Regional ChamberListen: What to expect from this year’s Detroit Policy Conference. Jake Neher/ WDET Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy BaruahGuestSandy Baruah is CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. He says convening in-person for the Detroit Policy Conference is important for the region’s business and social well-being. There is not broad widespread agreement about how to pay for it.”He says the conference will feature a keynote on Proposal P, which the Detroit Regional Chamber is generally opposed to.wdet.org
Wayne-based Rush Trucking founded by prominent businesswoman sold amid pandemic woes
WAYNE, Mich. – A very well known Metro Detroit trucking company was officially sold to Lavalle Transportation as of Tuesday. The company sold, Rush Trucking, is owned by well known businesswoman Andra Rush. Thirty-five years ago she started a trucking company and grew it into a group of companies making $500 million a year in revenue. But time marched on and the trucking company had to change. With Covid-19′s impact and the continual driver shortage, it became even clearer that the automotive focused segment of the trucking industry required consolidation.
Flashpoint recap: A conversation with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the Biden-Harris inauguration, preventing spread of COVID
DETROIT – Inauguration Day comes and goes without any of the turmoil that overtook the same venue just two weeks before. There was also a conversation with, Joneigh S. Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Sunday’s episode also featured a roundtable discussion on current events with Mario Morrow, Mario Morrow and Associates; Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber; Portia Roberson, CEO Focus: HOPE and Randy Richardville, former Michigan Senate majority leader. Gretchen WhitmerSegment TwoJoneigh S. Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Segment ThreeMario Morrow, Mario Morrow and Associates; Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber; Portia Roberson, CEO Focus: HOPE and Randy Richardville, former Michigan Senate majority leaderSegment Four
Detroit Regional Chamber urges Congress to compromise on pandemic relief before 2021
Democrats and Republicans in Congress need to compromise on a pandemic relief package immediately, the Detroit Regional Chamber said in a letter to Michigan’s Congressional delegation. Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah urged Michigan’s 16 representatives in Congress to “do everything in your power” to enact legislation before the new year. Businesses can’t wait until the new Congress and White House administration are seated in 2021, Baruah said in a letter sent Tuesday evening. Baruah offered four planks of a pandemic relief bill sought by the Detroit Regional Chamber supports. Congress remains at an impasse over the details of a coronavirus relief bill after months of negotiations.mlive.com
How would a national recession affect Detroit?
Many economists believe a national economic recession is on the horizon. Housing demandDespite steady growth, Detroits fundamentals are still well below the state and national average in almost every category. Detroits housing prices may have stabilized after bottoming out during the mortgage and tax foreclosure crises. But there are huge areas where its not.Those factors might make Detroits housing market less stable than the rest of the country. Whether or not Detroit can maintain its population during a recession is one of the biggest questions facing the city.detroit.curbed.com