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Former US education secretary to keynote Mackinac Policy Conference

Former US education secretary to keynote Mackinac Policy Conference
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Former U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. will address the question “Is Michigan prepared?” at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

The Detroit Regional Chamber chose King as a keynote speaker for its yearly gathering of business and government officials, which will run May 29-June 1.

King, president and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit The Education Trust, will speak May 31, according to a news release. He will discuss how to support educators and students and make college more affordable.

The longtime educator served under President Barack Obama and as New York’s education commissioner.

Also on May 31, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to deliver a talk about trust-building. The conference also chose Public Broadcasting Service President and CEO Paula Kerger and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan to speak this year.

The event at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island brings attendees together to mingle and discuss statewide hot topics such as mobility and job creation.

The pillars, or core talking points, for this year are:

  • “Is Michigan prepared” as a competitive business destination
  • “The mobility disruption,” referring chiefly to the connected and autonomous vehicle industry
  • “Trust” in government, media and business



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