(WXYZ) — The 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference has been moved to August amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Detroit Regional Chamber Announced.
The annual event will now take place Monday, Aug. 10 through Thursday, Aug. 13 on Mackinac Island. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29.
“Our attendees, staff, and members, health and safety are our greatest concern during this crisis. Moving the 2020 Conference to August will offer the best path to ensuring a successful Conference while protecting the health of all participants and allowing our State time to recover from this pandemic,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Moving to a new date was no easy task – we are beyond grateful for our partners, vendors, and committees for working with us to identify these dates.”
The new dates came after discussions with the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, conference leadership and the chamber's executive committee.
“Michigan will need the Mackinac Policy Conference more than ever after this pandemic to help chart its future,” said Ryan Maibach, president and CEO of Barton Malow and 2020 Conference Chair. “The August dates provide a great opportunity to reemerge and have robust discussions about rebuilding a stronger Michigan.”
A complete agenda will be available in the future, and the chamber is working with Mackinac Island Businesses and hotels to ensure a successful 2020 conference.
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