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May 2014
May 27, 2014

2014 Mackinac Policy Conference Set to Open

Warner Norcross Partner Kurt Brauer to Blog all the Action

The Mackinac Policy Conference – Michigan’s version of Davos, the TED Conference and the Cannes Film Festival all rolled into one – kicks off its 34th annual iteration tonight with a jam-packed schedule of topics relevant to the state’s future.

Once again all political, business and resident attention will be focused on Mackinac Island and once again Warner Norcross will be well represented at the conference.  Kurt Brauer, Warner partner and co-chair of the firm’s Economic Incentives Group, will be blogging on the news as it happens with posts appearing on and

With key topics such as Detroit’s bankruptcy and the abysmal condition of Michigan’s roads highlighting the agenda, there will be plenty to talk about.  Other topics include the upcoming U.S. Senate election, with candidates Gary Peters and Terri Lynn Land both speaking.  The conference will also highlight a variety of policy issues including entrepreneurship, the impact Michigan policies may (or may not) have nationally and STEM education.

Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell will be a keynote speaker as will Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton, who will discuss America’s changing demographics.  New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is expected to discuss urban issues.

This is a big week and an important meeting for Michigan.  Follow Kurt’s blogs to keep up to date on all the action and all the information you need to know.
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Kurt Brauer is a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP and is attending the Mackinac Policy Conference. As co-chair of the law firm's Economic Incentives Group, Kurt assists clients in negotiating redevelopment incentive packages with local and state governmental units, resolving complex real estate matters and complying with environmental laws and regulations. He can be reached at


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