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Detroit Policy Conference celebrates industry bringing manufacturing back to Michigan.

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Speakers at Tuesday, January 10th's, Detroit Policy Conference say industry is making the right move by bringing manufacturing facilities back to Michigan.

Members of the Detroit Regional Chamber convened business and governmental leaders to speak about ideas to move the city forward.

University of Toronto professor, and urban studies theorist Richard Florida says Michigan manufacturers messed up by moving production overseas.

“I mean we should have figured this out 30 years ago, but we didn't that you cannot offshore everything from your semiconductor chips to your automotive components to the drugs you need to keep people alive," Florida said.

He also calls the idea of Central Business Districts, where office buildings are packed together, a dead issue. Florida says downtowns are now “central connectivity districts” … where people come to connect.

Other speakers at the conference included Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist.