Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Summer Jobs Initiative Exceeds Goal of Employing 5,000 Youths
As a lead partner in Mayor Mike Duggan’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) summer employment program, the Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Mayor Duggan following his announcement last Friday that, in its first year, the program exceeded its goal of connecting more than 5,000 Detroit youths with jobs in order to prepare them for sustainable career pathways.
Following the Mayor’s announcement of the GDYT program at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Chamber made it a Conference To-Do List item. As a result, the Chamber hosted the Mayor’s kickoff breakfast this past January and partnered with the Mayor’s office and community organizations to help design a system that was as streamlined and simple as possible in order to maximize the number of participating businesses. Leading up to the enrollment deadline, the Chamber engaged with numerous member organizations, who pledged support through hiring students, making a donation, or both.
With the Mayor’s plan to expand the number of jobs to 8,000 in 2016, the Chamber is again looking forward to partnering on this important program. For more information on the GDYT program, click here.
‘Get Your Heart Racing’ Revs Up Donors at Henry Ford Hospital Vascular Research Fundraiser
The Detroit Regional Chamber proudly lent its support to the fifth annual Get Your Heart Racing fundraiser presented by Ford Motor Co. on June 11 to benefit the Edith and Benson Ford Heart and Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Hospital. The event, co-chaired by Chamber President Sandy Baruah and Gorno Automotive Group Executive Vice President Cindy Czarnik, raised $350,000, which will help fund innovative research at one of the oldest, most experienced and advanced cardiovascular centers in the nation.
More than 300 attendees enjoyed a private unplugged concert by country music star Toby Keith as part of the fundraiser. In addition, through a partnership with Michigan International Speedway (MIS), the fundraiser served as a kickoff to NASCAR weekend in Detroit. Click here to view images from the event.
Area Development Magazine Study Reveals Southeast Michigan Among Top Areas for Sustainable Economic Development
Southeast Michigan is among the top 100 regions leading the United States in economic development, according to a new report in Area Development magazine. Utilizing 21 economic indicators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis, the report examines 373 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA), ranking the city of Ann Arbor No. 30. The cities of Warren, Troy and Farmington Hills ranked 44th overall and were rated 14th for their “recession busting” attributes and business friendly climate, and 25th for economic strength. The positive results benefit businesses looking to expand or relocate to the region.
Earlier this year, the Detroit Regional Chamber and 11 economic development organizations representing Southeast Michigan signed a protocol agreement to continue to collaborate on business attraction efforts designed to bring increased national and foreign investment to the region. The protocol recognizes that regional messaging and coordinated outreach adds value and impact to business attraction efforts and strategies. Click here to read the full report in Area Development magazine.
Chamber Office Closed Friday in Observance of Fourth of July Holiday
The Detroit Regional Chamber will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, July 6. Have a safe and happy holiday!