VIDEO: Governor Rick Snyder at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder helped open the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference by telling conference -goers that he's a fan of the gathering - but, he said, that wasn't always the case.

Snyder said there were two or three years in a row that he heard "that same discussion" about regional transportation. "In most of the discussion items," he recalled, "nothing happened."

"This is now a conference of impact," the governor said of today's Mackinac Policy Conference. "That's why it's valuable today," he said.

Snyder pointed to several examples of conversations that he said helped lead to change around the state.

You can watch Governor Snyder's full speech in the video player above.

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