Northern Michigan Policy Conference 2021
Northern Michigan Policy Conference
Presenting SponsorWhat is the Northern Michigan Policy Conference?
The Northern Michigan Policy Conference is a regional economic development conference led by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. The Alliance is a coalition of 16 chambers and economic development organizations and over 7,000 member businesses from all across northern Michigan. The partnership exists to advocate for rural northern Michigan and move forward rural-centric business policy.
Now in its third year as a policy conference after serving as the Alliance's annual agenda-setting meeting for years, the Northern Michigan Policy Conference is designed to leverage diverse strategies to enhance the northern Michigan region's standing as a world-class place for business, residents, visitors, and students of all ages. This year's policy conference will be a collaborative, business-driven experience delivering actionable goals to energize and provide vision. Conference content will focus on the Alliance's four policy areas in the context of economic recovery. Speakers will address chronic issues surrounding business development, talent, housing, and childcare and discuss innovative approaches.
We hope to see you there!
Take a look at our Agenda!
9:15 - 10:00 AM: Coffee with Northern Michigan's Legislators
10:00 - 10:30 AM: Welcome Remarks & Alliance Recap
10:30 - 11:00 AM: Federal Update - Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy
Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
11:00 - 11:45 AM: Keynote - Economic Development - Jeff Finkle, President & CEO of the
International Economic Development Council
11:45 - 12:00 PM: Break
12:00 - 12:45 PM: (Pick one to attend live - both will be recorded)
Remote Worker Session OR
Infrastructure Session: Infrastructure After a Pandemic
1:00 - 1:45 PM: (Pick one to attend live - both will be recorded)
Childcare Session: Childcare Panel OR
Housing Session: Building Communities One House at a Time
1:45 - 2:00 PM: Thank You Remarks
About: While the state of Michigan enacted a statewide building code in the 90's, local communities continue to impact the process of homes being built through their local units of government. Some communities welcome builders and new neighbors into their area, while others hinder development growth though zoning ordinances or by delaying the process. What are the barriers and developers face, and how can they be corrected?