PBS President Paula Kerger: Americans Hunger for Substance Over Sound Bites

The media may be facing its most challenging and volatile period yet. Words like “fake news” are being constantly hurled to discredit personally damaging stories. A rise in social media has enabled ideologues to shade once irrefutable facts with doubt. Mergers between outlets have ceded local control, and the number of newsroom staff are being drastically reduced across the country. As the public’s trust in the media erodes, their once enshrined role as the arbiter of truth is very much at risk.

Yet, despite this landscape, public media is completely defying this trend. According to a national survey conducted by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Marketing and Research Resources Inc., while only one-third of Americans have confidence in the media, PBS and its affiliated member-stations rank as the most trusted institution in the nation.

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger took Michigan’s Center Stage in Wednesday to share how the company is building and retaining trust among viewers, “innovating with integrity” to stay competitive in the disruptive media landscape, and working to forward the true potential and mission of the media.

“At PBS, we strive to present journalism with the highest standard of integrity. Some may suggest that our programs aren’t exciting enough to grasp people’s attention, but we’ve found that many Americans are hungering for substance over sound-byte…When it’s good, media can entertain and inform. When it’s great, media can transform communities and change lives,” said Kerger.

Key Takeaways:

  • PBS emphasizes a relentless and uncompromising pursuit of the truth. The company works to avoid sensationalism and address any potential conflicts in advance.
  • While many outlets, in a battle for market share and viewers, have blurred the lines between straightforward news reporting and opinion, PBS has maintained a strict separation between the two.
  • There is a false dichotomy in media placed between integrity and the content viewers want. The adage of, “if it bleeds, it leads,” is no longer the case. Viewers are sick of the circus and hunger for real news.
  • While some progress has been made on digital platforms like Facebook and Google to highlight the trustworthiness of sources, new, comprehensive guidelines and better media literacy in the classroom are needed for the modern media age.
  • Media can “innovate with integrity.” Kerger used the example of the PBS program “Frontline” as an example of a show that adopted online content very early on, while not veering from a commitment to honesty and transparency.
  • Restoring trust in the media is crucial. Democracy depends on it. Otherwise, there is no channel to hold leaders accountable and keep citizens informed and engaged.

Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan legislative leadership pledge up to $50 million in funding for Soo Locks upgrade

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Less than an hour’s drive from one of the busiest trade crossings in the Great Lakes region, Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and House Speaker Tom Leonard gathered on the porch of the Grand Hotel during the annual Mackinac Policy Conference to announce significant state support for a desperately needed upgrade of the Soo Locks.

“Upgrading the Soo Locks is one of the most critical ways we can ensure the continued success of Michigan’s economic comeback,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “The nation’s entire economy depends on the daily operation of the Soo Locks. Without it, we would not be able to deliver the American iron ore that domestic steel manufacturers depend on to run their mills, and our manufacturing industry would not have access to the high quality domestic steel it needs to make everything from auto parts to office furniture. Our state, regional and national economies depend on this resource and we need to do everything we can to ensure it operates at full capacity. Michigan is leading the way by stepping up with significant state funding to show our commitment not just with words but by helping the federal government jumpstart the construction of a new lock.”

“We are following President Trump’s call for major infrastructure projects to keep us competitive globally,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who is the Snyder Administration’s lead on the Soo Locks upgrade. “It will take all levels of government working together to get this done, and that’s what we are demonstrating here today. We’re working together and more proactively than ever to commit to the upgrade and secure our economic success in Michigan.”

Working together the past several weeks, state leadership identified roughly $50 million in infrastructure funding to commit to the Soo Locks upgrade, while still setting aside more than $330 million for road improvements for the upcoming budget year.

The Soo Locks are managed by the federal government, with the Army Corps of Engineers putting the cost of an upgrade at nearly a billion dollars. President Donald Trump, in urging support for a locks upgrade last month, has stated publicly that large-scale infrastructure projects leveraging non-federal investments will be moved to the top of the priority list. By offering to fund a share of the project, Michigan is demonstrating its commitment to the upgrade.

Just one freighter that crosses through the Soo Locks carries the cargo of 3,000 semi-trucks. If the locks become inoperable, the shipment of iron ore would come to a screeching halt, immediately affecting manufacturing and disrupting a vast portion of the U.S. economy. Congress authorized the lock rebuild in 1986 but has not appropriated the funding needed to execute the project.

Gov. Snyder, Lt. Gov. Calley and legislative leadership were also joined at the press conference today by Jim Weakly of the Lake Carriers Association and Hanna Naltner of Steelcase to demonstrate statewide support for funding the locks upgrade.

For more information about the Soo Locks, visit www.michigan.gov/fixthesoolocks. You can also follow discussion of the issue on social media via #fixthesoolocks.

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Collaboration, Talent Attraction Survival Keys for Michigan’s Automotive Industry

From driverless technology to big data, artificial intelligence and company culture, the automotive industry is being disrupted like never before, and companies will only survive if they shed their insular approaches to thinking and operating. A major component of that involves creating new business models that stress more diversity of thought, innovation, and embrace risk and failure.

During the Automotive Roundtable: Four Forces of Impact hosted by MICHauto on May 30, industry leaders doubled down on the urgency to attract, retain and grow Michigan’s talent pool to meet the needs of automotive and mobility companies today and in the future.

“This is both the most exciting and the scariest time to be in the industry,” said Rick Popp, director of human resources for Ford Motor Company North America.

Popp said traditional company policies are preventing the industry from attracting and retaining the talent needed to innovate. Meanwhile technology companies and startups are drawing away a wealth of engineers, technologists and data scientists from Michigan. Automakers must learn to develop talent in unconventional ways or face a distinct competitive disadvantage, he said.

“One of the things we’re experimenting with at Ford is hiring more individuals who are autistic but have an affinity for STEM skills and giving them the opportunity to shine,” he said.

Following his remarks, a panel featuring Adam Kramer, executive vice president of strategy for Switch; Ronia Kruse, CEO and co-founder of OpTech; Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president of Vehicle, Quality and Safety Engineering for Toyota Motor North America; and Chris Thomas, founder and partner of Fontinalis Partners, shared their insight on the industry’s disruption.

Key takeaways:

  • Today’s employees are expected to be problem solvers, with the ability to work in collaborative settings but they also want a level of autonomy.
  • To attract talent, companies must begin to incorporate what drives employees outside of work into their job structure and enable flexibility.
  • Michigan is leading in the mobility race but needs to do more to (a) keep traditional automotive companies and talent in the state (b) increase testing on roads (c) educate and increase public acceptance of autonomous vehicles (d) cultivate a startup culture.
  • Michigan is a pipeline for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) talent.
  • The demand for talent is only going to grow in the next five years and decreasing barriers to international talent attraction will play a significant role.
  • Competition is important but the automotive and mobility industry’s survival is incumbent upon a willingness to share best practices.
  • Colocation maximizes productivity and catalyzes innovation for the rapidly changing world.

The roundtable was sponsored by KPMG and supporting sponsors Denso, GS3 and Switch.

Michigan Is Leading the Mobility Race but Policy Must Keep Up

By Kristin Bull

Michigan is at the forefront of the mobility revolution. That revolution is moving fast — and public policy needs to keep up. That was the sentiment expressed by industry experts during a panel discussion Wednesday.

“Michigan is very well positioned, but a critical element for success is the need for a regulatory environment that can move at the speed of innovation,” said David Sampson, president and CEO of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

Sampson joined U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI); Carla Bailo, president and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research; and Pavan Agarwal, Management Committee member for Foley & Lardner LLP, for a discussion entitled “The Mobility State: Perspectives on Policy and Regulation.” John McElroy, host of “Autoline,” moderated the discussion.

Peters responded to Sampson’s call for high-speed public policy. Last fall, Peters introduced the bipartisan AV START Act, designed to advance the testing and development of self-driving vehicles. Peters said he sees the full Senate taking up the Act by the end of the year.

Panelists agreed the state’s robust engineering talent pool, world-class R&D testing centers like the American Center for Mobility, and its automotive roots help it lead the mobility race.

Key Takeaways:

  • Every high-profile accident involving an autonomous vehicle is a setback in furthering innovation. Recent accidents involving Tesla and Uber illustrate the need for testing, refinement and re-testing.
  • While safety regulations are paramount in the race to lead the mobility revolution, over-regulation on autonomous vehicle testing will hamper discovery.
  • There is much still to learn about the standards for safety. “Must autonomous vehicles be as safe as the current distracted driver?” Sampson asked. Today’s cars are safer than ever because of crash avoidance technology, yet 65 percent of people are turning off AV technology in their car.
  • Consumer acceptance of autonomous vehicles continues to be an industry challenge. A recent study of consumers’ attitudes toward autonomous cars in Florida showed that 80 percent of adults surveyed reported they were leery; after physically seeing the vehicles and understanding their capabilities, responses improved.
  • The insurance industry is a proponent of technology that improves safety and reduces the severity of accidents, and though the introduction of autonomous vehicles leads to several types of insurance products, there will always be a need for insurance.
  • The insurance industry will play a bigger role in mitigating risk by not just insuring the driver, but also insuring best practices in driving.

This article was written by Crain’s Content Studio as part of a collaborative partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber for the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Don Butler: Ford’s Mobility Strategy Is About Trust, Improving Lives

Channeling Henry Ford’s philosophy of “open roads for all mankind,” Don Butler, executive director of Connected Vehicle Platform and Product for Ford Mobility, outlined the automaker’s strategy for improving lives through its evolution as a mobility service provider during an opening keynote address to kick off the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

As part of its “City of Tomorrow” vision, Ford wants to connect the world’s vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, city infrastructures, and more to a single information-sharing ecosystem using the most advanced wireless technology available to eliminate gridlock, pollution and ineffective mass transit. Known as C-V2X, or cellular vehicle-to-everything, the connectivity strategy also would save lives and create a new level of transportation freedom the world has not seen since the Model T, Butler said.

“We view connectivity as enabling smart vehicles in a smart world and we are committed to being the world’s most trusted provider of mobility solutions,” he said.

Ford announced last year a key next step on the automaker’s connectivity path pledging to equip all U.S. models with built-in modems and mobile internet connection by 2020. Butler said the enhanced connectivity will provide rapid consumer benefits and improve safety.

“We believe robust, secure vehicle communications offers the potential to dramatically improve safety, reduce congestion and help protect the environment,” Butler said. “Accelerating the deployment of these communications requires collaboration across industries and government agencies.”

Butler said Ford’s vision for a connected ecosystem also will require smart regulation, with automakers working collaboratively alongside the public and private sector to craft a common set of laws and guidelines.

“Because these things are developing quickly, we need to work hand-in-hand,” he said. “We must learn together and work together in a harmonized, unified approach.”

Key Takeaways:

  • For Michigan to lead in mobility, STEM programs in classrooms must be accessible by all students.
  • Ford’s acquisition of self-driving car startup Autonomic will help attract talent from Silicon Valley to Detroit.
  • Automated vehicles are here to stay but rush judgments on regulations could hinder progress and technology development.
  • Ford may not be the first to market with new technology, but leveraging a legacy of trust with consumers is more important and will benefit the company’s bottom line in the long run.
  • Ford’s success is due to widespread adoption that it is no longer “just a hardware company” but also a software and services company.

Lifelong Learning Must Be Priority 1 for Michigan’s Future Workforce

The workplace of today is changing at a dizzying pace, with more shifts escalating into the future — from where and how work gets done, to emerging technologies. Staying employed will require the ability to adapt, re-skill and reinvent. That was the focus of panelists in the session, “Preparing Michigan Students for the Future of Work,” hosted by The Skillman Foundation on Wednesday.

The session kicked off with remarks by national workforce expert and author Heather McGowan, who shared her insight on the future of learning. McGowan said today’s workforce is affected by what she called the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the intersection of automated processes, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT). As a result, humans must move towards learning agility as well as becoming more adaptable and empathetic, to remain relevant in the workplace.

“Students learn a profession, workers strive for experience, all to be applied to the next known step in the career ladder. But what happens when those steps aren’t known? When everything is a first? When degrees and experience barely matter? To thrive in a future that is unfolding faster than we can imagine it, we must become adept at learning continuously,” she said.

McGowan added that phrases like, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “What is your major?” and “What do you do?” should be retired.

Instead, questions that focus on an individual’s purpose, passion and skills, and how they can be applied in several ways, will better prepare youth for the future.

“If we can tap into that passion and purpose, that’s what’s going to keep the lifelong learning candle lit,” she said.

Following her remarks, McGowan was joined on stage by General Motors’ Terry Rhadigan and Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Nikolai Vitti in a discussion moderated by The Skillman Foundation’s Tonya Allen.

Key Takeaways:

  • Asking kids what they want to be when they grow up, calcifies a bygone era. Define yourself by “why” not “what.”
  • 65 percent of jobs for today’s children do not yet exist, and 47 percent of the jobs will be automated by 2033. Only 27 percent of college graduates work in their major.
  • If public education is the agent for social change, we must talk about poverty and race or we aren’t talking about equitable opportunity. Equal does not mean equitable.
  • Society must move beyond the long-held assumption that schools are conveyor belts. Students are not widgets and learn in their own unique way.
  • If the goal is to teach students to be independent, critical thinkers, Michigan should rethink its emphasis on standardized testing as a measure of success.
  • Intervention must begin at the pre-k level to prepare and attract students to the high-skilled jobs of tomorrow to fuel the automotive pipeline.
  • Embracing uncomfortable conversations are necessary for change.
  • Too often education reform follows ideology. Everyone needs a voice at the table, especially education practitioners.

The Municipal Finance Dilemma: Cities Must Be the Engine

By Kevin Bull

As Michigan continually ranks dead last in the country for funding infrastructure and services that improve citizens’ overall quality of life, investing in cities must remain a top priority, panelists said in the session, “Not Open for Business: Why Disinvestment in Michigan Cities Is Hampering Economic Opportunity” hosted by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Delivering opening remarks, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI 5), who was born and raised in Flint, reminded Conference attendees that the Flint water crisis was a warning and not an anomaly.

“We need a national conversation and especially a state conversation about what it takes to ensure the people living in any community have the basic elements of a civil society: police services, fire services, parks that are mowed and maintained, roads, water systems,” Kildee said.

“We are dead last in this state in providing direct support to cities and there are consequences to that decision. It is incumbent upon policymakers to accept this reality and to do something about it.”

Kildee was joined on stage by former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, former Plante Moran managing partner Gordon Krater, and Anthony Minghine, chief operating officer and deputy executive director for the Michigan Municipal League in a discussion moderated by Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan.

Key Takeaways:

  • The reason Detroit lost the Amazon bid was a lack of strong services, transit and talent.
  • 86 percent of Michigan residents prefer their taxes are spent to solve local problems and more than $8.1 billion has been diverted away from communities by the state.
  • The city of St. Paul identified a need for public-private partnerships to fund the development of a community arts center, minor league ballpark, and other quality of life amenities to attract new companies and jobs.
  • Urban centers are economic drivers. However, without renewed investment in infrastructure companies and employees will leave.
  • There must be a shared sense of responsibility in the region. It isn’t just about Detroit.
  • People are willing to pay for services and increased taxes if they have perceived value, such as money specifically earmarked for parks, libraries or police services.
  • Creating desirable communities to live, work and play can attract and retain much-needed talent.
  • The mindset that large cities are sucking resources from small cities is detrimental to infrastructure investment.

This article was written by Crain’s Content Studio as part of a collaborative partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber for the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Gov. Snyder: Mackinac Policy Conference Is About Taking Action for Michigan

In his final appearance on Michigan’s Center Stage as governor, Rick Snyder welcomed attendees to the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference with a pep talk — and a to-do list.

“We should be proud of what’s going on in the state,” said Snyder. “But this isn’t just about coming to talk; it’s about action.”

In kicking off mainstage programming Wednesday, Snyder tasked attendees with taking on the challenges of the three Conference pillars.

  • Is Michigan Prepared?: “Yes and no,” Snyder said about the pillar that speaks to ensuring the state’s competitiveness for major business investment. “The most important thing is that we’re asking the question,” he said. “My biggest concern would be that we get complacent, that we start to say that things are good enough.” Snyder pointed to Michigan’s robust engineering talent pool and challenged attendees to be a champion for the state’s Marshall Plan, which seeks to boost talent in other sectors.
  • The Mobility Disruption: Earlier in the day, Snyder announced an $8 million Michigan Mobility Challenge, a grant initiative to address core mobility gaps for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans. Snyder challenged attendees to show their creativity in developing solutions that help some of the state’s underserved populations.
  • Trust: Restoring confidence in critical institutions of government, media and business to build trust in society is the most important – and potentially scariest — pillar, Snyder said. “How can you be the world’s greatest country if you can’t get along with yourself? Words don’t cut it; you do it by action. You earn their trust … and you do it with relentless positive action.”

That “relentless positive action” has been Snyder’s trademark phrase throughout his eight years as Michigan’s governor. In introducing Snyder, Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, presented the governor with a symbolic gift: a rebranding of the Conference as the “Relentless Positive Action” Conference. Baruah, on stage with Snyder and 2018 Conference Chair Ray Telang, unveiled a sign with the phrase and invited attendees to sign the banner throughout the week.

Training Michigan’s Future Workforce: With Disruption Comes Opportunity

By Kristin Bull

For Michigan’s workforce to keep pace with the evolution of advances in automation and technology, leaders of business, education, philanthropy and public policy must collaborate — and that collaboration must be long-term. That was the consensus of a panel of experts who discussed Wednesday how to best align the state’s industry and workforce needs. The panel, “Training for the Future: Aligning Michigan’s Industry and Workforce Needs,” kicked off the first day of the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, and endeavored to answer the question at the heart of one of the three Conference pillars: Is Michigan Prepared?

Panelists agreed that more preparation is needed. But they also agreed that although the future of Michigan’s automated workforce is uncertain, it is not necessarily scary.

“There’s never been more disruption in automotive in general,” said Carla Bailo, president and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research. “Everything is changing — every part of the supply chain today will be disrupted. But every time there is disruption, there has been opportunity.”

In the next 12 years, one-third of Michigan jobs will see 70 percent of tasks change because of automation, said Mark Muro, senior fellow and policy director of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. But that change doesn’t automatically mean workers will be displaced.

“I think the task before us is to teach the stuff that machines can’t do,” said Muro, an expert on regional technology ecosystems and economic development.

These skills are inherently interpersonal: communication, persuasion, teamwork and project management.

Muro and Bailo, along with Dan Varner, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, said these soft skills need to be a focus of long-term collaboration and partnerships.

Key Takeaways:

  • Technology and automation do not necessarily lead to job displacement. It can, instead, be an enabler. For example, workers with augmented reality glasses can view real-time assembly instructions.
  • Has the pendulum swung too far to favor four-year degrees over skilled trades training? Not necessarily, panelists said. “We do ourselves a disservice when we pit post-secondary folks against CTE (career technical education) folks,” Varner said. “We’re on the cusp of doing that now. Neither side wins fighting the other. Ultimately we need more training for everyone.”
  • Aligning Michigan’s industry and workforce needs must begin long before kids ever decide between community college or a four-year degree. “We need to be in elementary schools talking about what’s going on in automation,” Bailo said.
  • Workforce training challenges are especially prevalent in underserved populations. Often, those challenges aren’t related to the jobs themselves, but speak to the need for wraparound services, such as transportation. “Part of what’s necessary to help students succeed happens outside of school,” Varner said.
  • In the future, workforce training will be long-term. Machines, for instance, will need programming updates; they will need constant maintenance.
  • Hard skills can be replaceable; soft skills cannot.
  • Retirees offer a unique training and mentoring tool that businesses need to consider embracing. “We are one of the few societies on Earth that doesn’t value its retirees,” Bailo said.

The session was hosted by the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation and moderated by Foundation President and CEO Dave Egner.

This article was written by Crain’s Content Studio as part of a collaborative partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber for the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Detroit Regional Chamber and 220 Employers Announce “Employers for Transit” Coalition

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH. May 30, 2018 –Today at the Mackinac Policy Conference, the Detroit Regional Chamber in partnership with 220 businesses and nonprofit organizations announced the formation of the “Employers for Transit” coalition urging the region’s political leadership to come together and allow voters to determine the future of transit in the region during the November election.  This effort builds upon a recent call for action on transit by 23 CEOs of the largest corporations in the region.

Detroit remains the largest metropolitan area in the nation without a seamless regional transit system.  Transit providers, such as SMART and the Detroit Department of Transportation, serve residents in their respective footprints but lack the long-term secure funding necessary for significant capital investments and are also limited in their geographical reach.  The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA), created by the state Legislature in 2012, was painstakingly negotiated by elected leaders in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties and the City of Detroit to provide region-wide transit services.  The RTA is compiling public comments on a proposed plan and may make adjustments to the plan prior to asking the full RTA board to place the plan on the ballot.

The Employers for Transit Coalition represents employers from the entire four-county region in the private and nonprofit sector including automotive suppliers, universities and health care.  Collectively, the signers employ more than 267,217 in the region. The Coalition members all signed on to a statement that said:

“Safely and efficiently moving people and goods is a critical component to a healthy economy.  The Detroit region is thriving and growing, however, by any measure, Southeast Michigan lags the rest of the nation in the development and use of public transit.  Amazon noted the state of public transit as a key reason why Detroit was not chosen as a finalist for Amazon’s HQ2 – as have other potential employers.

Voters deserve an opportunity to determine the future of the region.  As members of the Employers for Transit Coalition, we call on our elected leaders and the RTA Board of Directors to place a transit plan on the ballot this November that will finally expand mobility options throughout Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.  We consider moving forward on regional transit a critical element of this region’s economic prosperity.”

Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber said a rapid transit system will ensure a healthier labor market in the future.

“SMART opt-out communities like Bloomfield Hills, Livonia and Novi have thousands of open jobs that are completely inaccessible by public transit, leaving those communities behind in the chase for talent,” said Baruah.  “The most successful regions require a regional system to attract talent, get employees to work and customers to businesses’ front door.  Our regional leadership should start leading the region to a more prosperous future.”

“Over the last decade, our region has made incredible progress. We have strengthened and diversified our economy, and we have experienced investment in our region at a rapid pace. And yet there is an important piece missing in our region’s success story: we lack a workable regional transit system. This is not a new challenge in our region – it is decades old.  And it is past time to get going and get it done.  We’re asking our leaders to find a rapid transit system they can agree upon in order get it on the ballot this November,” said Gerry Anderson, chairman and CEO of DTE Energy.

Voice of Employers

“As one of the region’s largest employers, Beaumont Health is well aware of the challenges our employees face without a seamless regional transit system. We also compete to attract the best and brightest health care talent from across the country. A more coordinated and reliable regional mass transit system would greatly benefit both current and future Beaumont employees,” Carolyn Wilson, chief operating officer Beaumont Health, said.

“A mass transit system in Southeast Michigan would help attract and maintain more of the talented young people we need in the automotive industry,” said Karen Manardo, global director of marketing, communications and government relations for Inteva Products. “Inteva supports the development of a mass transit system because it is good for our region, our customers and our employees.”

“A regional transit system is critical for patients who may have to travel to see their physicians for management of urgent and chronic disease. It truly can be a life or death issue,” said Bob Riney, president of Healthcare Operations and chief operating officer for Henry Ford Health System. “A new transit system will serve the entire region and make significant in-roads in solving one of the contributing factors to a major public health issue.”

Visit www.employersfortransit.com to see a list of some of the companies who have signed to the coalition.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

About DTE Energy

DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.  As one of Michigan’s leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

About Beaumont Health

Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system for inpatient admissions and net patient revenue and is most preferred for health care in the tri-county area, according to National Research Corp. survey data. A not-for-profit organization, it was formed in 2014 by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Hospital and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to extraordinary, compassionate care, no matter where they live in Southeast Michigan. Beaumont Health has total net revenue of $4.4 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 187 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians, 38,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers. In 2017, Beaumont Health had 175,688 inpatient discharges, 17,789 births and 574,591 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumont.org.

About Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System is a six-hospital system headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, recognized for clinical excellence and innovation. With more than 60 clinical locations, Henry Ford provides both health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. Henry Ford Health System is led by President & CEO Wright Lassiter III. Visit HenryFord.com to learn more.

About Inteva Products, LLC

Inteva Products, LLC is a leading global automotive supplier providing automakers with innovative, reliable, environmentally friendly products that enhance vehicle quality, safety and performance. Inteva has global resources for engineering, manufacturing and customer service for Closure Systems, Interior Systems, Motors and Electronics, and Roof Systems. Formed in 2008, the tier-one supplier utilizes  innovative solutions and  advanced technology to drive value-based solutions. Inteva employs more than 12,000 people in 50 sites globally and maintains its World Headquarters in Troy, Michigan USA. The company has invested more than $180 million in the State of Michigan since its founding, with more than half that investment made over the last two years.

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