JVS Announces Training Class for Career Services Providers

JVS will offer a 10-week training program beginning September 13 in Southfield for individuals working in career development. The Facilitating Career Development Course is based upon 12 professional competency areas outlined by the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Led by nationally trained and certified instructor Karen Gutman, the class will offer hands-on, practical learning and interaction with colleagues from a variety of work settings. Gutman is director of Business and Career Services at JVS.

“Participants will leave the class with relevant skills, knowledge and tools they need to assist others in planning careers and obtaining meaningful work,” said Gutman. “The course also prepares individuals to apply for nationally recognized professional credentials.”

The program is designed for people who work in any type of career development positions including career counselors, job search trainers, career resource center coordinators, career coaches, career development case manager, school counselors, employment/placement specialists or workforce development staff.

The class will meet from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 13 to Nov. 15 at JVS headquarters, 29699 Southfield Rd., Southfield. Tuition is $1,200 and includes all books and materials. For more information, download the course flyer at http://bit.ly/FCDClass or contact Karen Gutman at kgutman@jvsdet.org or 248-233-4230.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete course requirements. Participants will then be eligible to apply for the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential offered by the Center for Credentialing and Education and the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) credential offered by the National Career Development Association.

About JVS
In its 76th year of helping metropolitan Detroiters maximize their self-sufficiency, JVS is an award-winning human services organization with four main locations in the metro area. The agency helps job seekers jumpstart their careers, provides fulfilling programs for people with disabilities and helps seniors remain active and engaged in the community.

Brown & Brown of Detroit Teammates Support JDRF

Todd Piersol, Executive Vice President, is proud to announce that Brown & Brown of Detroit teammates raised $1,159 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation during the office’s second quarter Blue Jean Day fundraiser. Every Friday, the office’s 70+ employees have the option of wearing blue jeans to work, in exchange for a $5 donation to the non-profit of the quarter.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation envisions a world without type 1 diabetes. Their mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications.

Bernie Gallagher, our commercial department leader, nominated JDRF to be one of our jean day charities because the cause is close to her heart. She stated, “I have two sons with type 1 juvenile diabetes and one of our teammates has diabetes, along with 1.25 million Americans. There is no remission, there is no vacation, there is no cure, yet… so donating to this cause helps bring us one step closer to the day that my children and grandchildren will no longer suffer with this disease.”

For the third quarter of 2018, Brown & Brown of Detroit has chosen to raise money for the Detroit Children’s Choir. The Choir’s mission is to use the power of choral music education as a cultural platform to unite children of diverse backgrounds. They aim to provide experiences through choral music education that will enrich the lives of Metro Detroit’s youth and communities, ultimately shaping confident, focused, and expressive leaders.

Brown & Brown of Detroit is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown Insurance, the sixth largest insurance intermediary in the United States. Located in Sterling Heights, this office is the largest independent insurance agency in Macomb County.

What is a Talent Hub?

“In cities, much like America itself, talent defines what a city is and where it’s going.”

Jamie Merisotis, America Needs Talent

About Talent Hubs

In the last six years, hundreds of communities large and small have organized themselves to address fundamental concerns:

  • How do we make sure our most vulnerable populations have what they need to not just survive, but thrive?
  • How do we use our limited resources more wisely, and for greater impact?
  • How do we guarantee our community’s competitiveness and quality of life?

In 2013, Lumina Foundation made a significant investment in communities through the Community Partnership for Attainment. Through this effort, 75 communities received financial support, technical assistance and guidance, and networking and learning opportunities. The network catalyzed some incredible work, with many communities bucking national trends in decreasing enrollment, and supporting the creation of thousands of newly credentialed residents.

As Lumina took stock of this great work, however, we determined that the best next step was focus on how those places had worked—and to bring new rigor to a field that is, by definition, as unique as the communities that contribute to it. Further, Lumina’s laser focus on educational attainment beyond high school created an opportunity to differentiate communities that are working to support today’s talent needs. While efforts to improve early-childhood and K-12 outcomes are vitally important, America’s communities cannot wait a generation to build the talent they need today.

Talent Hubs, a term coined in America Needs Talent, are designated communities that organize and align themselves around goals to offer and create multiple pathways to postsecondary success, and work to retain, attract and cultivate talent.

READ MORE: Lumina Foundation And Kresge Foundation Designate Detroit As Talent Hub

The Talent Hubs designation, conferred by Lumina with support from the Kresge Foundation, aims to significantly accelerate community and regional attainment efforts. These designated communities will improve the ecosystem in which students follow the pathway to, through, and out of their postsecondary experience with a high-quality credential.

Talent Hubs will undertake aligned, system-change work with both community and postsecondary institutional partners to significantly improve student outcomes and to increase attainment beyond high school. Each Hub will focus intently on one of three populations: traditional-age students; adults with some postsecondary experience but no credential; or adults with no postsecondary experience. Further, Talent Hubs are committed to closing attainment gaps between student populations. Community partners will coordinate action to ensure that students are well-supported, can connect easily to the postsecondary system, have help to overcome barriers while enrolled, and are connected to the workforce once they complete their programs. Postsecondary partners will implement aligned, evidence-based practices and policies at scale to ensure that many more students can complete a credential.

Earning a Talent Hub designation is an acknowledgment that a community has both the capacity and ability to make significant gains in postsecondary attainment. Each Hub serves as an exemplar across five key domains:

  • The Equity pillar represents the community’s ability to explicitly close chronic attainment gaps between populations, particularly between racial and ethnic groups, using strategies that have been developed by viewing attainment issues through an equity lens.
  • Access work alone is insufficient in meeting the overarching national goal of 60 percent attainment by the year 2025; Attainment addresses the community’s focus on postsecondary success and credential completion.
  • Alignment is the degree to which communities leverage complementary bodies of work, community and institutional partners, and the network of local assets available to implement ambitious workplans for credential completion.
  • Scale and Systems-change addresses the systems-level action taken by communities and postsecondary institutions to create lasting and large-scale change at both the community and institutional levels.
  • Finally, Partnership Health is the extent to which communities work collaboratively to set and achieve common goals, use agreed-upon accountability tools and measures, and use data to make decisions about program direction and design.

To achieve its ambitious workplan, each Talent Hub community will receive financial, strategic, and technical assistance. Talent Hubs will learn and share best practices and common challenges through communities of practice, facilitated by national experts. Cross-site learning and collaboration will be bolstered by annual convenings, webinars, learning labs, and communication tools that elevate exemplars.

Each Talent Hub has set clear and specific targets for outcomes related to credential completion and to its discrete strategies. While these expected outcomes are often unique to each specific community, a set of common metrics will also be tracked to elevate the collective work of all Talent Hubs. Additionally, each postsecondary institution included in a Talent Hub community will provide disaggregated data on key metrics to Lumina and its partners through the National Student Clearinghouse.

Seven communities received Talent Hub designation in 2018.  Those communities join seventeen others designated in 2017.

The following communities are 2018 Talent Hub designees:

Corpus Christi, Texas

Lead Partner: Citizens for Educational Excellence
Population Focus: Some postsecondary
Equity Focus: Hispanic, low-Income, military veterans
Postsecondary Partner: Del Mar College

Detroit, Mich.

Lead Partner: Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation/Detroit Drives Degrees
Population Focus: Some postsecondary
Equity Focus: African-American, low-income
Postsecondary Partners: Macomb Community College, Wayne State University

Elkhart County, Ind.

Lead Partner: Horizon Education Alliance
Population Focus: No postsecondary
Equity Focus: Hispanic, low-income, immigrant/refugee, limited English proficiency
Postsecondary Partners: Goshen College, Ivy Tech Community College

Las Vegas, Nev.

Lead Partner: United Way of Southern Nevada
Population Focus: Traditional age
Equity Focus: African-American, Hispanic, low-income
Postsecondary Partner: College of Southern Nevada

Mobile, Ala. 

Lead Partner: Mobile Area Education Foundation
Population Focus: Traditional age
Equity Focus: African-American, low-Income
Postsecondary Partners: Bishop State Community College, University of Southern Alabama

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Lead Partner: Communities Foundation of Texas / RGV Focus
Population Focus: Some postsecondary
Equity Focus: Hispanic, low-Income, limited English proficiency
Postsecondary Partners: South Texas College, Texas Southmost College, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

St. Louis, Mo.

Lead Partner: St. Louis Graduates
Population Focus: Traditional age
Equity Focus: African-American, low-Income
Postsecondary Partners: Maryville University, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri St. Louis, Webster University


The following communities are 2017 Talent Hub designees:

Albuquerque, NM

Lead Partner: United Way of Central New Mexico (Graduate! ABQ)
Population Focus: No Postsecondary
Equity Focus: Latino, American Indians, Low-Income, Incarcerated, Males, ABE pipeline
Postsecondary Partner: Central New Mexico Community College

Austin, TX

Lead Partner: Quality of Life Foundation of Austin (Austin Chamber of Commerce)
Population Focus: Some Postsecondary
Equity Focus: Hispanic, Low-income, Unemployed/Underemployed adults
Postsecondary Partners: Western Governors University, Austin Community College

Boston, MA

Lead Partner: The Boston Foundation
Population Focus: Traditional Age
Equity Focus: African American, Hispanic, Low-income
Postsecondary Partners: University of Massachusetts Boston, Bunker Hill Community College

Cincinnati, OH (Covington, KY; Newport, KY; Cincinnati, OH)

Lead Partner: Strive Partnership (Intergenerational Success Project)
Population Focus: No Postsecondary
Equity Focus: African American, Hispanic, Low-income, Single Female heads of household
Postsecondary Partners: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Gateway Community and Technical College

Columbus & Southeast Indiana, IN (Ten counties in Economic Growth Region 9)

Lead Partner: Community Education Coalition/EcO Network
Population Focus: No Postsecondary
Equity Focus: Hispanic, Low-income, Immigrant/Refugee, Limited English Proficiency
Postsecondary Partners: Ivy Tech Community College Columbus, Adult Education Providers

Dayton, OH

Lead Partner: Learn to Earn Dayton
Population Focus: Traditional Age
Equity Focus: African American, Low-income, Some College population
Postsecondary Partners: Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, University of Dayton

Denver, CO

Lead Partner: Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN)
Population Focus: Traditional Age
Equity Focus: African American, Hispanic, Low-income
Postsecondary Partners: Emily Griffith Technical College, University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Community College of Denver

Fresno, CA

Lead Partner: Central Valley Higher Education Consortium / Fresno Compact
Population Focus: Traditional Age
Equity Focus: African American, Hispanic, Low-income
Postsecondary Partners: CSU Fresno, Clovis Community College, Fresno City College, Reedley College, West Hills Coalinga, West Hills Lemoore

Los Angeles, CA (San Fernando Valley)

Lead Partner: UNITE-LA
Population Focus: Some Postsecondary
Equity Focus: Hispanic, Low-income
Postsecondary Partners: California State University Northridge, Los Angeles Community College District

Louisville, KY

Lead Partner: 55,000 Degrees
Population Focus: Traditional Age
Equity Focus: African American, Hispanic, Low-income,
Postsecondary Partners: University of Louisville, Jefferson Community and Technical College

Nashville, TN

Lead Partner: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Population Focus: No Postsecondary
Equity Focus: African American, Low-income
Postsecondary Partners: Nashville State Community College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Nashville

New York, NY

Lead Partner: City University of New York (CUNY) Academic Affairs
Population Focus: Some Postsecondary
Equity Focus: African American, Hispanic, Low-income, Veterans
Postsecondary Partner: City University of New York (CUNY)

Philadelphia, PA

Lead Partner: Graduate! Philadelphia
Population Focus: Some Postsecondary
Equity Focus: African American, Low-income, Veterans
Postsecondary Partners: Community College of Philadelphia, Temple University, Thomas Edison State University, Chestnut Hill College

Racine, WI

Lead Partner: Higher Expectations for Racine County
Population Focus: Traditional Age
Equity Focus: African American, Hispanic, Low-income
Postsecondary Partners: University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Gateway Technical College

Richmond, VA

Lead Partner: Bridging Richmond
Population Focus: Some Postsecondary
Equity Focus: African American, Hispanic, Low-income
Postsecondary Partners: John Tyler Community College, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Virginia Commonwealth University

Shasta County, CA

Lead Partner: North State Together
Population Focus: Some Postsecondary
Equity Focus: American Indian, Low-income
Postsecondary Partners: University of California Davis, College of the Siskiyous, Shasta College, California State University Chico

Tulsa, OK

Lead Partner: Tulsa Regional Chamber
Population Focus: No Postsecondary
Equity Focus: Hispanic, Low-income
Postsecondary Partners: Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Technology Center

Neuman Anderson Grieco McKenney Welcomes Laura DePonio as an Associate

Neuman Anderson Grieco McKenney, P.C., a Birmingham, Michigan-based business litigation firm, is pleased to announce their newest associate, Laura DePonio.

Ms. DePonio holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and is a 2017 graduate of Northeastern University College of Law. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Tufts University Medical School with a concentration in healthcare and business administration. Ms. DePonio was a Northeastern Social Justice Scholarship recipient and served as a member of the Law Review, the Student Bar Association and the Health Law Association. During law school, she completed judicial internships with the Honorable Victoria A. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Neuman Anderson Grieco McKenney, P.C.

Ms. DePonio concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association.

Neuman Anderson Grieco McKenney, P.C. is an AV®-rated business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation and corporate law. A trusted referral source for attorneys, law firms and CPAs, Neuman Anderson Grieco McKenney offers the service, experience and technical support of a large law firm while providing the responsiveness, efficiency, flexibility and personal attention expected from a boutique practice. Whether representing a large corporation, small business or an individual, each file receives great personal care throughout the engagement, yielding extraordinary benefits for Neuman Anderson Grieco McKenney clients in terms of responsiveness, focus, attention to detail, sense of urgency and measured results.

Bernstein to join panel on fifth anniversary of Detroit’s bankruptcy

Plunkett Cooney bankruptcy attorney Douglas C. Bernstein was one of the many professionals involved in the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy, which remains the largest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy ever filed. To commemorate the fifth anniversary of this historic event, Bernstein will participate in a panel discussion on July 18.

Hosted by DBusiness magazine from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Gem Theatre in Detroit, the panel discussion is part of the DBusiness Breakfast Series. The event, titled: “Detroit’s Bankruptcy: Five Years Later – Past, Present and Future,” will feature Bernstein along with former Detroit City Council Member Sheila Cockrel, Patrick O’Keefe of O’Keefe financial advisors and John Naglick, Chief Deputy CFO / Finance Director for the city of Detroit.

“It’s remarkable how Detroit made it through the bankruptcy process. It had a perfect cast of leaders to see the process through. It was historic and the solutions were very creative,” said Bernstein who serves as the Business Law Department Leader of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms. “Here we are five years later, and there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. But hopefully the city will continue to have the same financial discipline in the future.”

During the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, Bernstein represented foundations that donated to the so-called “Grand Bargain” to ease pension cuts and spin off the Detroit Institute of Arts. He also served, and continues to serve, as a resource to local, regional and national media on Detroit’s emergency financial status and issues generally related to Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.

Tickets for the July 18 panel discussion cost $65 and are available at the DBusiness website. Groups of 10 cost $50 per person. Prior to the start of the discussion, there will be networking reception and strolling breakfast available from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Bernstein concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, loan restructuring, commercial loan documentation, bankruptcy, banking-related litigation and appeals. Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Bernstein worked as an in-house attorney at Michigan National Corporation for over 20 years.

Bernstein earned his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Wayne State University and his law degree in 1982 from the Detroit College of Law. Earlier this year, he became the only Michigan attorney inducted into the 2018 class of Fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy, a prestigious national organization focused on fostering excellence in bankruptcy and insolvency practice.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 300 employees, including over 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.

For more information about Douglas Bernstein’s participation in the DBusiness magazine panel discussion on July 18, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.


Butzel Long sponsors Farnborough International Airshow VIP Welcome Reception in London, England on July 15

Butzel Long is a sponsor of a VIP Reception hosted by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in advance of the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA). The reception will take place on July 15, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel in London, England.

The Farnborough International Airshow is a week-long, biennial event that combines a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defense industries (attracting more than 73,000 industry professionals from across the globe) with a public airshow. The event is held in mid-July in even-numbered years at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, United Kingdom.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Southeast Michigan’s New Online Platform to Give Businesses the Tools to Attract Talent

Research shows that 36 percent of college students left Michigan within a year in 2017. For a region positioning itself to lead the world in technological innovation, the talent problem can no longer be ignored.

To stop the flow of individuals leaving and attract new talent, the Detroit Regional Chamber will launch a new strategy this fall. The strategy is a collaborative project of the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Drives Degrees, an economic development initiative of Forward Detroit focused on increasing the number of adults in the region with a postsecondary degree or credential.

Gathering Best Practices for Talent Retention

This past year, Detroit Drives Degrees connected with more than 1,000 people within the region to conduct local surveys and interviews. Research revealed that half of employers recruit out of state but lack the tools to promote Michigan and Detroit. Additionally, Michigan rarely is on the radar of young talent. While young people’s perceptions of Detroit are changing, they rely heavily on feedback from peers.

Greg Handel, the Chamber’s vice president of education and talent, shared that the strategy will help fill a void by establishing a centralized location for people looking for more information on the city and region. Through the strategy’s various components, it will better promote all that Detroit and the region has to offer – from a booming restaurant scene, to fun outdoor events. The strategy is focused on driving economic development by retaining and attracting talent across Southeast Michigan and aligns with Detroit Drives Degrees’ goal to increase the regional postsecondary attainment rate to 60 percent by 2030.

The recruitment strategy has three main objectives:

  • Improve the narrative and global perception of Detroit and Southeast Michigan
  • Promote “brain gain” by increasing graduates in Southeast Michigan by 1 percent annually
  • Cultivate an innovative, engaged and culture-focused business community

“Talent is the fuel for the region and contributes the most to economic growth and prosperity,” Handel said.

Showcasing Detroit’s Reinvention

A panel featuring three ambassadors for the strategy including Darvell Powell, president of Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit; Tim Robinson, director of operations at Lenawee Now; and Dana Williams, manager of public affairs at DTE, agreed that giving prospective talent the ability to learn about the region and connect in an authentic way will pay dividends for businesses.

“When people aren’t connected, they aren’t going to stay around; they need to feel included and engaged in the city,” said Powell.

To learn more, contact Sarah Craft at scraft@detroitchamber.com.

Detroit Regional Chamber PAC Announces State Legislature Endorsements

DETROIT, July 11, 2018  Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors announced endorsements for the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.  The endorsements include:

Michigan Senate

1st District – Stephanie Chang (D)

2nd District – Adam Hollier (D)

3rd District – Sylvia Santana (D)

4th District – Marshall Bullock (D)

5th District – David Knezek (D)

6th District – Robert Kosowski (D)

7th District – Laura Cox (R)

8th District – Peter Lucido (R)

10th District – Henry Yanez (D)

11th District – Jeremy Moss (D)

12th District – Jim Tedder (R)

13th District – Marty Knollenberg (R)

14th District – Ruth Johnson (R)

16th District – Mike Shirkey (R)

17th District – Dale Zorn (R)

23rd District – Curtis Hertel (D)

24th District – Kelly Rossman-McKinney (D)

27th District – Jim Ananich (D)

28th District – Peter MacGregor (R)

29th District – Chris Afendoulis (R)

31st District – Kevin Daley (R)

32nd District – Ken Horn (R)

33rd District – Rick Outman (R)

35th District – Curt VanderWall (R)

36th District – Jim Stamas (R)

37th District – Wayne Schmidt (R)

Michigan House of Representatives

1st District – Tenisha Yancey (D)

2nd District – Joseph Tate (D)

3rd District – Wendell Byrd (D)

4th District – Rico Razo (D)

5th District – Rita Ross (D)

8th District – Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D)

10th District – Leslie Love (D)

11th District – Jewell Jones (D)

12th District – Alex Garza (D)

13th District – Frank Liberati (D)

15th District – Abdullah Hammoud (D)

17th District – Joe Bellino (R)

18th District – Kevin Hertel (D)

22nd District – John Chirkun (D)

23rd District – Darrin Camilleri (D)

26th District – Jim Ellison (D)

27th District – Robert Wittenberg (D)

28th District – Patrick Green (D)

30th District – Diana Farrington (R)

31st District – William Sowerby (D)

37th District – Christine Greig (D)

38th District – Kathy Crawford (R)

41st District – Doug Teitz (R)

43rd District – Andrea Schroeder (R)

45th District – Michael Webber (R)

47th District – Hank Vaupel (R)

50th District – Tim Sneller (D)

52nd District – Donna Lasinski (D)

55th District – Rebekah Warren (D)

56th District – Jason Sheppard (R)

60th District – Jon Hoadley (D)

61st District – Brandt Iden (R)

63rd District – David Maturen (R)

66th District – Beth Griffin (R)

68th District – Sarah Anthony (D)

71st District – Chuck Cascarilla (R)

73rd District – Lynn Afendoulis (R)

74th District – Mark Huizenga  (R)

80th District – Mary Whiteford (R)

85th District – Ben Frederick (R)

87th District – Julie Calley (R)

89th District – Jim Lilly (R)

91st District – Greg VanWoerkom (R)

93rd District – Graham Filler (R)

100th District – Scott VanSingel (R)

104th District – Larry Inman (R)

107th District – Lee Chatfield (R)

“Michigan’s turnaround in the last eight years has been remarkable. We are confident that these candidates for the Legislature will be key allies for our next governor to continue Michigan’s growth,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The Chamber PAC Board of Directors regularly meets to identify and support pro-business candidates and policies that support the Chamber’s public policy priorities. After careful consideration, the Board made the endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members and individual interactions.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC

The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) was the first major organization to announce its support for Gov. Rick Snyder in the 2010 Republican primary and Mayor Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign in the 2013 Detroit mayoral primary. The Chamber PAC prides itself on being one of the most sought after, bipartisan endorsements in Michigan and focuses in large part on candidates’ stances on business issues and the potential to represent the regional business community.

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.

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Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors NeighborHUB Grant Program Now Accepting Applications For Five Grants Up To $30,000

DETROIT, MICH. – Today, the NeighborHUB community grant program opened its application period for registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park to apply for five grants up to $30,000 and additional business support. The application period will be open until Aug. 13, 2018 with awardees notified this fall.

Announced last month, NeighborHUB is a collaborative effort between General Motors (GM) and the Detroit Regional Chamber and is designed to empower residents to affect change in their neighborhoods through a physical presence and innovative programming. The nonprofits that propose the most innovative and collaborative solutions to pressing issues facing their neighborhood will be awarded a grant.

“Organizations that are willing to collaborate within their neighborhood to solve problems that are most important to them should apply,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We are looking to create sustainability within Detroit’s neighborhoods and beyond the downtown district.”

Successful proposals will have programming centered around a physical space and address a specific need or needs within the neighborhood i.e. a vacant storefront or within an existing building and address a specific need or needs within the neighborhood.

Examples of eligible project proposals include: refurbishing a bus stop and organizing ride-sharing in that location; renovating a vacant storefront to provide services to adults to engage in education and work opportunities; building out an existing coffee shop to facilitate co-working and professional development; or improving a public park to provide after school programming.

A selection committee with representatives from local organizations has been formed that will help select grant recipients. In addition to the Chamber and GM, the committee will include: City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources.

For interested organizations looking to learn more, the Chamber will be hosting two informational sessions on Monday, July 23 at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at TechTown in midtown Detroit.

For more information on the application, please visit www.detroitchamber.com/neighborhub.

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. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

Chamber Calls for Limits on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

To protect Michigan’s automotive and manufacturing industries, this week, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced its support for bipartisan legislation in Congress to limit tariffs on steel and aluminum imports (S. 3013). Last month, the Chamber joined 51 trade associations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and 222 state and local chambers of commerce in a letter sent to U.S. senators outlining the “serious negative economic impact” retaliatory tariffs could impose on business and agriculture across the country.

Read the letter here and share your support for the bill with Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and your U.S. representative.

Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah in the News Discussing Tariffs

U.S Chamber of Commerce Resources