Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks at the Mackinac Policy Conference

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WLUC) – Business leaders from across the state are gathered on Mackinac Island for the Mackinac Policy Conference.

The event started on Tuesday and will continue until Friday, at the Grand Hotel. Speakers at the event discuss potential public policy decisions that could benefit Michigan.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer spoke briefly this afternoon about the themes of the event. They are: advancing diversity as a strength, using civility and facts in public discourse, building a culture of empathy, and upholding the fundamental tenets of American democracy.

In her introductory speech, Governor Whitmer said Michigan’s economy is on the upswing thanks to its hard-working citizens.

“We’ve all certainly been through a lot over the past two years,” Governor Whitmer said. She continued, “But tough times call for tough people and if there’s one thing we know about the people of Michigan, it’s that we’re tough. Our hard workers, innovative businesses, and diverse communities have been incredibly resilient, enabling Michigan to move forward through our courage. Now, as I said in my State of the State Address, our economy is strong and getting stronger.

Governor Whitmer said she highlighted some of the issues she believes need to be addressed in the state.

“Our goal must be the same,” Governor Whitmer said. “Put more money in people’s pockets so they can prosper, build a Michigan where working families can build good lives here and give their children a good future. That means investing in workforce programs like Going PRO and Michigan Reconnect and apprenticeships so we can get tuition-free job training so they can land better-paying jobs.

Governor Whitmer has a commencement address scheduled for Thursday at 3:20 p.m. The speech and the Mackinac Policy Conference can be viewed live on Detroit Public TV’s Vimeo page, which can be found by clicking here.

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