Legislative Update: Don’t Abandon Rigorous Education Assessments

Proposed changes to replace the M-STEP student assessment for eighth graders in Michigan beginning in 2019 is a step back for the state and region’s ability to create a robust, educated workforce — a critical need for long-term competitiveness.

The proposed changes will create disruption for teachers and students, make data less reliable for parents and policymakers, and focus less on important skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and writing. The Detroit Regional Chamber recently joined Business Leaders for Michigan and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in issuing a joint letter to the Michigan Department of Education outlining these concerns.

View the full letter: EducationJointLetter

Butzel Long attorneys named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ ‘Notable Women in IT/Tech in Michigan’

Butzel Long attorneys Jennifer Dukarski and Angela Emmerling Shapiro have been named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ “Notable Women in IT/Tech in Michigan.” They are among about 25 women to receive this prestigious recognition.

Jennifer Dukarski

Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues: digital media, cybersecurity, infotainment, vehicle safety and connected and autonomous cars.

In her practice, she has negotiated contracts for autonomous vehicle components, reviewed contracts involving wireless updates to in-vehicle technology, assisted companies in achieving successful Petitions for Inconsequential Noncompliance with NHTSA and has addressed multiple vehicle component recalls. Dukarski has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group. She also has spearheaded the reporting efforts for national data breaches and focuses on the threat vectors facing automotive component design.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski serves as Counsel to the OESA’s Product Development Council and has spoken on First Amendment issues ranging from newsgathering in the digital age to the impact of the FBI iPhone strategy. She has been a panelist at the North American International Auto Show for the last two years, covering a broad variety of legal concerns focused on the autonomous and connected car and most recently addressed the emerging regulatory scheme as a speaker and panelist at the Center for Automotive Research’s prestigious Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City.

Prior to joining Butzel, she gained automotive manufacturing and design experience as a result of high-level quality management and engineering positions. She has worked extensively on successful automotive product launches, managing vendors and Tier One manufacturing facilities. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Dukarski applies her experience to create innovative approaches to the protection of IP assets and disruptive technology.
Notably, Dukarski has attained the distinction of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior member status, the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply.
Further, she was named a “2016 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She also is among Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and DBusiness “Top Lawyers.” She is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Vehicle Technology Society Treasurer and serves as a Working Group member with IEEE PAR 1912 (Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices) which is focused on setting standards for privacy and security protocols and IEEE P7011 which is focused on the trustworthiness of news sources. She also coaches and mentors’ women engineers.

At the same time, she is a co-Chair of the Women in Communication Law committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Communications Law and serves on the Forum’s Governing Committee. Dukarski is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law teaching “The Law of Emerging Mobility Technology.”

Angela Emmerling Shapiro

Shapiro is a litigation attorney with a focus on electronic discovery. She helps clients overcome the technological and legal challenges presented during civil litigation and governmental investigations where large volumes of potential evidence have been electronically created and stored.

Electronic discovery is a constantly-evolving field and companies face serious legal consequences when evidence is not adequately preserved or when preserved data is not defensibly collected and reviewed during the litigation discovery process. Shapiro works with clients to meet these challenges efficiently and cost effectively. She also works with multi-national clients to navigate complex data privacy laws that impact the preservation, collection and use of electronic evidence during U.S. litigation.

Shapiro was one of the first attorneys in the state to develop a deep practice in the area of electronic discovery. She is an advocate for using technology, including predictive analytics and artificial intelligence where appropriate, to efficiently and effectively assess Terabytes of data and to find the key records necessary for successful legal advocacy.

Notably, Shapiro has achieved the Certified Electronic Discovery Specialist certification. CEDS certification is earned by individuals who pass a comprehensive four-hour examination that provides a tough and objective measure of an individual’s mastery of all aspects of electronic discovery.

In addition to achieving her CEDS certification, Shapiro has been named a DBusiness Magazine “Top Lawyer” in the Information Management and eDiscovery category repeatedly since the category was first introduced in 2014. In 2018 she was also named a “Top Lawyer” in the Information Technology Law category.

Shapiro is actively involved with local politics in her community and has served on the boards of two community theaters. She serves as the chair of Butzel Long’s Women’s Leadership Committee and in that role has organized multiple fundraisers for Gleaners Community Food Bank, including a “PBJ & Wine” event that benefited Gleaners’ Hunger Free Summer Program.

Shapiro was a proud recipient of the 2015 Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) “Volunteer of the Year Award” and just completed her final term as an MDTC board member. She is a member of the national and Detroit chapters of the Academy of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and serves on the Technology Committee for the Federal Bar Association in the Eastern District of Michigan. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all Michigan state and federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

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

Intellectual Property Attorney Nicholas Angelocci Joins Dickinson Wright’s Troy Office

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Nicholas J. Angelocci has joined the firm’s Troy office as Of Counsel.

Mr. Angelocci is a senior patent attorney and mechanical engineer with a background in the manufacturing sector. He is skilled in all phases of the patent life cycle including analyzing inventions for potential patentability, drafting and preparing patent applications, and corresponding with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to obtain valid and enforceable patent protection for his clients. Mr. Angelocci also provides analysis and counseling related to patent enforcement including clearance opinions, freedom to operate opinions, as well as non-infringement and invalidity opinions. His primary focus is protecting his clients’ inventive products, systems, and processes to improve commercial value and product investment in innovation. His technical practice areas include: automotive products and systems, healthcare and medical devices, aerospace/aeronautical and marine technology, manufacturing, consumer products, and other mechanical related fields.

Mr. Angelocci is admitted to practice in Michigan and Illinois, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He received his B.S.E. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Automation Alley announces two senior director promotions

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, announces that Maryann Daddow has been promoted to senior director of finance and Cynthia Hutchison has been promoted to senior director, Automation Alley.

Hutchison had been director of business development and government affairs at Automation Alley and will continue in that role. Additional responsibilities as senior director include oversight of marketing and facilities management. Daddow had been director of finance and will continue with the elevated financial responsibilities that have emerged from Automation Alley’s transition to Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center.

Daddow, who joined Automation Alley in 2009, is responsible for accounting and financial management for Automation Alley, as well as the lead interface with outside auditors. She has more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, previously working in the automotive industry with Chrysler Group LLC. Her work experience has encompassed technical accounting, financial analysis and controllership responsibilities across a wide range of functions.

Daddow holds an MBA from Michigan State University. She is a resident of Rochester.

Hutchison initially worked for Automation Alley as director of member relations from October 2013 to April 2015. She returned to Automation Alley in August 2016 as director of business development and government affairs. Since rejoining Automation Alley, she has expanded membership at the Foundation level (the highest level of membership) and has sought out new opportunities to maximize Automation Alley’s reach nationally and globally. Additionally, she introduced such popular new member programs as the Tech Takeover, which provides members an opportunity to showcase their expertise on smart technologies for Industry 4.0 to those in the manufacturing and technology fields, and brought in major sponsors and partners for Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report and inaugural, sold-out global Integr8™ Industry 4.0 conference.

In 2006, Hutchison was named one of 14 “Michiganians of the Year” by the Detroit News for her efforts on behalf of Band of Angels, an international advocacy and support organization she founded for educating, employing and providing inclusive opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive impairments. Hutchison started Band of Angels following the birth of her son, Jordan, in 1989, who has Down syndrome. In addition to Hutchison, honorees that year included Dan Gilbert, Matt Cullen and Maggie Allesee. among others.

Hutchison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Allegheny College. She is a resident of Rochester Hills.

“Cynthia Hutchison brings multi-faceted strategic business marketing and sales skills to Automation Alley,” Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO, said. “She’s a senior leader and outstanding connector. As we transition Automation Alley to Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Cynthia has done an outstanding job of educating our members and partners on the value of being actively involved with Automation Alley. On the operations side, she brings creativity and a strong business approach to finding efficiencies that help us best serve our members and our day-to-day operations. Leading our finance area, Maryann Daddow has been an upstanding, trusted leader and has stepped up to embrace the new financial opportunities presented by Automation Alley’s involvement in Industry 4.0. On behalf of our entire team, I congratulate them on their promotions.”

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Motor city is firing on all cylinders again

August 2018 Issue

Automotive Industries

By: Clinton Wright

According to a study by MICHauto, an economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber there are 2,200 automotive facilities statewide. They include OEMs, suppliers, tool-and-die shops, R&D facilities, and technical centers. “Michigan leads the nation in automotive ‘concept to consumer’ expertise,” says Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Chamber. “The data provides a clear understanding of the true automotive technical ecosystem in our state and definitively concludes that Michigan is the epicenter of mobility innovation.”

One out of every five auto-manufacturing jobs in the United States is in Michigan, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wayne County alone has more auto manufacturing jobs than any state except Kentucky. Michigan also ranks fourth in total manufacturing jobs of any type, behind California, Texas and Ohio.

Automotive Industries (AI) asked Kevin Kerrigan, Senior Vice President, Automotive Office at Michigan Economic Development Corporation, how the PlanetM initiative has helped establish the State as an ideal destination for automotive investments.

Kerrigan: Mobility has the power to transform the way society moves and Michigan is playing a significant role in introducing the technology that will influence how people and goods will be transported in the future. We have the resources, talent and services 
available to businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs who are looking to make an impact on the next transportation frontier.
PlanetM has worked to grow Michigan’s automotive and mobility ecosystem by providing entrepreneurs and businesses the resources to develop and validate their mobility technologies in Michigan. It has helped start-ups navigate the dense automotive 
cluster and simplified the process for businesses to make the right connections with buyers and suppliers through services provided by the Landing Zone powered by PlanetM and the Detroit Regional Chamber.

And it has helped foster a highly collaborative environment with partners from the public and private sectors – both in the 
southeast Michigan region and across the state – that sets Michigan apart from other states.

AI: How is the MEDC and partner institutions promoting Michigan as a preferred home for the development of 
the next wave of automotive technology?

Kerrigan: The great thing about PlanetM is that it is a collaborative effort between the state, including MEDC and MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation), local partners at Oakland County, the Detroit Regional Chamber and Ann Arbor Spark, educational institutions such as University of Michigan and Michigan State University and other partners such as The American Center for Mobility and Automation Alley. Each of these groups has its own efforts and initiatives, but through PlanetM we can amplify that work and consolidate all of the parts into a very compelling whole.

Mobility and CAV technologies have also been key themes in several of Governor Snyder’s missions, including his mission to Europe this spring, but also to Consumer Electronic Show earlier in the year and Paris Air Show last year. MEDC is also very active at the ITS World Congress, and Detroit just hosted the 2018 ITS American Annual meeting. This year the Detroit North American International Auto Show included the AutoMobili-D expo, a nextgeneration mobility-focused event that was driven by the MEDC.

AI: How did Gov Snyder’s Europe initiative help promote Michigan?

Kerrigan: It is essential that we collaborate to harmonize global policy, regulations and standards to make transportation safe and more accessible for all. That we are sitting at the table with entire nations to work together to find global solutions speaks to Michigan’s leadership both in progressive autonomous vehicle legislation and in strategic investments in vehicle testing sites.
As residents change the way they live, travel and use services, many of the technologies that are changing these industries – 
from health care to global connectivity – will be conceptualized, tested and created in Michigan. The mission to Europe reinforced 
that for some of the leading experts and industries in the field.

AI: How will the MoUs signed on the trip help develop new technologies in the automotive sector?

Kerrigan: These agreements established great partnerships through which we will share research and knowledge between 
Michigan and countries like the U.K. and Netherlands in the development and deployment of intelligent vehicle transportation 
to ensure technology and safety go hand-in-hand with progress.

The MOUs signed in Europe were patterned after the one that the MEDC spearheaded with Canada. The objectives of collaboration include increasing cooperation in transportation technologies including sharing regulatory and technological data, co-hosting bi-lateral and multilateral meetings and creating a joint taskforce. The MOU also stipulates cooperation in lightweight material technology development.

AI: How will new legislation help boost autonomous vehicle technologies in Michigan?

Kerrigan: Michigan was one of the first states to legalize self-driving vehicles on public roads and we are proud to be a global leader when it comes to policies and regulations around self-driving vehicles. The package of bills relating to autonomous vehicles was passed the Michigan House and Senate with near unanimous support – something you don’t see a lot of today – because in Michigan we all understand the importance of selfdriving vehicles from the standpoints of technology, innovation and safety. We work closely with our federal delegation who are active in advancing bi-partisan, federal legislation to advance the testing and development of self-driving vehicles.

Michigan is proud to be on the forefront of AV legislation and policy. Governor Snyder also created the Michigan Council on Future 
Mobility to make future recommendations on statewide policy recommendations that will keep Michigan ahead of the curve on 
regulatory issues that could impede new development.

It is one of the only advisory bodies of its kind in the nation.This is all part of the reason Michigan is home to the most extensive system of test beds in the world and why we lead the nation in mobilityrelated patents with more than 2,583 in the past five years.

AI: Some critics have said the MEDC hasn’t done enough to actually bring in investments into the auto sector in Detroit – what would your response to them be?

Kerrigan: Michigan is ranked among the top five states for major new and expanded facilities, combined with the fact that we are ranked top in the nation for creating new manufacturing jobs. Additionally, the Detroit Regional Chamber reports Michigan has received more than US$25 billion in OEM and supplier investment since 2010 – more than any other state or province in North America. We are actively engaged with both our local partners to work to retain and grow the companies that already call Michigan home, and to attract new investments in Detroit and throughout the state.

AI: What are some of the major achievements MEDC has seen over the last year?

Kerrigan: At the ITS World Congress in Montreal in late 2017 Michigan led a symposium that allowed global leaders in mobility to share best practices, and to learn more about how testing facilities can work together to advance the technologies surrounding connected and automated vehicle development. We built on that with the MOUs signed with the U.K., Netherlands and the state of Styria in Austria earlier this year.

We celebrated the grand opening of The American Center for Mobility, of which MEDC is a key supporter and have seen the PlanetM campaign evolve from being primarily a marketing campaign to now providing a concierge service and the PlanetM Landing Zone for any mobility-focused company or investor to plug into Michigan’s automotive ecosystem.

A few other notable events during the year included the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new IACMI/LIFT lightweighting facility in Corktown in October, which MEDC is supporting through several grants, and the creation of the Manufacturing Innovation Center, capable of producing hightech electrified and autonomous vehicles at Ford Motor Co. Flat Rock Assembly Plant, supported by a Business Development Program performance-based grant from the MEDC.

MEDC is also supporting Automation Alley in its work to harness the power of Industry 4.0 and ensure Michigan is a leader in implementing this fourth industrial revolution here in Michigan.

You can view the original post from Automotive Industries on their website.

Chamber to launch talent retention, attraction website for 11-county region

August 12, 2018

Crain’s Detroit Business

By: Sherri Welch

The Detroit Regional Chamber is getting ready to roll out a talent retention and attraction website that will serve as a template for other regions in the state.

The Let’s Detroit talent attraction and retention site and strategy will align with the state’s “Choose Michigan” talent attraction site/campaign, which is expected to launch later this month, as announced during the Mackinac Policy Conference by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The chamber benchmarked other regions nationally and internationally that have robust campaigns and web portals to attract talent to develop the new site, which will target young professionals. It’s borrowing elements around employer engagement and the “live, work, play” aspects from Grand Rapids’ “Hello West Michigan” site, and an element that will enable people near and far to “text a Detroiter” stemmed from Sweden’s use of an 800 number anyone can call to ask questions about the country.

The “Let’s Detroit” site is set to go live in September.

“We view this as something that will be evergreen, that will evolve and adapt over time,” said Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah.

“There is a war for talent in global economy, and we don’t see that abating anytime soon.”

Currently, about 36 percent of graduates from post-secondary certificate and degree programs stay in the state, Baruah said. The chamber’s goal is to increase that to 60 percent and the Let’s Detroit site is part of the strategy.

The campaign is also aimed at connecting employers and talent, he said.

On the Let’s Detroit site, visitors will be able to connect with each other and places to live, work and play across the chamber’s 11-county region in Southeast Michigan.

Young professionals will also be able to text a Detroiter (or “sherpa”) to ask learn more about the region.

“You can be anywhere in the world and text a question … one of the ambassadors we’ll recruit into the program wil be able to answer that,” Baruah said.

A work group of more than 100 people, including representatives from business, nonprofits and youth groups and others with expertise in economic development, human resources and higher education, helped develop the concepts for the Let’s Detroit strategy.

Ambr Detroit is developing the website and texting function, and Saga Marketing the Let’s Detroit marketing strategy.

The chamber estimates it will take about $500,000 a year to operate the Let’s Detroit platform. It’s secured the first $100,000 from the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development to develop the template that other Michigan cities and regions can customize. The chamber is seeking contributions from its members and grants to fund the remainder.

“Our c-suite board members tell us … on a consistent basis that they can’t find talent they need today and they want to ensure their kids can … have professional careers they want in Michigan,” Baruah said.


You can view the original post from Crain’s Detroit Business on their website.

Trump’s wrong: Trade wars are bad and hard to win

August 10, 2018

Detroit Free Press

By: Sandy K. Baruah

With good economic times at hand, isn’t now a good time to get tough on trade and employ some old-fashioned tariffs? In a word, no.

When we were building our nation, tariffs served as the government’s key form of revenue. As a new nation, we needed to import, well, just about everything. When we were a rapidly growing nation, and without local supply, tariffs worked out fairly well. Since those early days, however, tariff wars have not worked out well for the United States.

Republicans tried this with the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff. The results were disastrous, accelerating the nation into the Great Depression. It has been Republican orthodoxy ever since that tariffs were bad. Donald Trump, as he has done with many things, has turned this orthodoxy on its head.

For many, the idea of tariffs is appealing. It fosters images of getting tough on foreign companies and supporting red, white and blue companies. Let’s examine some myths.

Myth 1: American families are harmed by imported goods. A study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics shows that, on average, American households have increased purchasing power of $18,000 annually thanks to our access to imported goods. Roughly translated, household incomes in America would be $18,000 less per year if we did not participate in the global economy.

Myth 2: Trade deficits cost America money. Some claim other nations are “ripping us off” because we import more goods than we export. This is like complaining that my family has a trade deficit with the local Kroger. I purchase a lot from Kroger, and it buys nothing from me. This is a trade deficit, but certainly does not mean that I’m getting ripped off (especially when I use coupons).

Myth 3: Imported goods cost U.S. jobs. This is flawed thinking on many fronts. Just one example of an imported good, a Jaguar sedan, employs scores of Americans. From the U.S.-based company operations staff, the shipping and dock workers, to the sales people in communities across the nation. And this one British product contains more Southfield-based Lear Corporation components than most other vehicles in the industry. A study by the Trade Partnership Worldwide concludes 41 million American jobs – more than 1 million in Michigan – depend on trade.

Myth 4: A tariff war will Increase U.S. manufacturing. Even U.S.-built goods, depend on parts from around the world. U.S.-built cars generally have around 20% component parts from other nations. The proposed tariffs on auto parts, along with the already implemented steel and aluminum tariffs could increase the price of a U.S.-built car by nearly $2,000. The cost of an imported car could increase in cost by as much as $9,000. Price hikes like these will certainly dampen auto sales, impacting the employees of manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and more.

Of all the states in the nation, Michigan is one of the most trade dependent.  Our technology, manufacturing and agriculture industries are global powerhouses.  Our success in international markets is a key element of Michigan’s – and Detroit’s – turnaround.

Sandy K. Baruah is the President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber and served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President George W. Bush.


You can view the original post from the Detroit Free Press on their website. 

Key Facts About Chamber’s Ongoing Work

Facts about the Chamber’s existing business attraction program, Destination Detroit, and our engagement with Oakland County:

  • Destination Detroit, is an award-winning program (Site Selector Magazine “Top Program” Award, 2018).
  • Represents all 11 counties – including serving as the regional point of contact for engagement with the MEDC and provides key assistance to many of the Governor’s international business attraction missions.
  • Has never engaged in assisting a company relocate from one part of our region to another part of the region. That has been a key element of our program ethos – and we have a formal MOU signed by all local partners (including Oakland County) attesting to this operational parameter.
  • The Chamber conducts bi-monthly meetings with all of the region’s economic development entities to coordinate business attraction, travel and trade show engagement. Oakland County representatives are regular and active participants.
  • Oakland County is a long-time supporter and financial contributor to the Chamber’s business attraction program.

How Oakland County directly benefits from the Chamber’s work:

  • Oakland County has benefited more than any other jurisdiction from the Chamber’s business attraction program. In the last two years, 50% of all successful Chamber business attraction projects have been sited in Oakland County (out of 20 projects total).
  • Oakland County actively participated in 18 of 30 (60%) of Chamber-led international and domestic business development outreach trips.
  • While Oakland County receives outsized benefits from its engagement with the Chamber, it contributes less than 8% ($85,000) of the Destination Detroit budget.

Facts about the Chamber’s work with the Regional CEO Group:

  • The Chamber approached Gerry Anderson over two years ago to begin work on enhancing our region’s approach to business attraction and marketing, including discussing ways to increase financial support to best-in-class national levels.
  • The Chamber Board, at the Chamber CEO’s urging, approved the “go forward” plan to work with the CEO to create the new, more robust, business attraction entity.
  • The new entity will be based on the Chamber’s existing program and team, including the unbreakable commitment to serve all parts of our 11-county region.

Joint Statement from Sandy Baruah and Gerry Anderson

Thursday, Aug. 9 – The following is a joint statement from Gerry Anderson, CEO, DTE Energy and Sandy Baruah, CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber:

We are issuing this statement to clarify the facts regarding the efforts of the Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) and the regional CEO Group related to regional economic development. At this time no further statements will be given beyond this one.

The Detroit Regional Chamber reached out to Gerry Anderson over two years ago to begin work on enhancing the 11-county region’s approach to business attraction and marketing to out-of-state and international companies, including discussing ways to increase financial support to best-in-class levels.

Earlier this year the CEO Group and the DRC Board, at the Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah’s urging, agreed to form a new, standalone entity to focus on raising and deploying additional resources for business attraction and marketing for the entire Southeast Michigan region. This entity will follow a “by the region and for the region” approach that is consistent with best-in-class models across the country, similar to groups such as Greater MSP in Minneapolis and Columbus 2020 in Columbus.

This new, combined entity will build upon the Chamber’s existing program and team and will continue to serve all 11 counties. It will never engage in assisting a company relocate from one part of our region to another. Its ethic will be that when one part of the region wins, all in the region win.

This new entity will be exclusively focused on driving new businesses from outside the region to locate new jobs within the region. As stated by Gerry Anderson earlier today, “The entire region benefits when investment and jobs come from outside Michigan and the country to Southeast Michigan. The Detroit Regional Chamber, the Regional CEO Group, and all the county leadership in Southeast Michigan can make a positive difference when we align and create incremental, good paying jobs for the 11-county region.”

The Regional CEO Group is grateful for the leadership of the Detroit Regional Chamber for developing this award-winning program that forms the platform for a more robust program and results. The Detroit Regional Chamber appreciates the interest of the Regional CEO Group in this important regional matter and their leadership in securing the resources for this globally competitive effort.

It is intended that this new organization have representation from the 11-county region, as well as representatives from the greater business community. We are conducting a nationwide CEO search for the most qualified business attraction and marketing executive to lead our region in attracting businesses from outside the region to Southeast Michigan.

– Gerry Anderson and Sandy Baruah

View signed statement.

Several Detroit Regional Chamber PAC-Endorsed Candidates Win in Primary Election

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer on their hard-fought victory in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary election. While the Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has not yet endorsed candidates for governor in the general election, both Schuette and Whitmer offer unique visions for Michigan’s continued prosperity and the Chamber looks forward to hearing how they plan to grow Michigan’s economy, fix the state’s infrastructure, and secure the region’s competitiveness in the global economy.

SMART Millage Renewal

As a longstanding proponent of public transit, it is encouraging to see voters renew the millage for SMART bus service in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. The Chamber remains committed to working with SMART and other transit providers to create a reliable transit system that serves the entire region.

Chamber PAC-Endorsed Candidates

More than 70 candidates endorsed by the Chamber PAC will advance to the November election. These candidates at the county, state and federal level, align with the Chamber’s pro-business policy agenda to protect and grow the region’s economy.

“Running for office is an incredibly difficult task,” explained Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Chamber. “I congratulate each candidate for putting themselves forward. We look forward to robust and civil campaigns from here to November.”

In the race for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, the Chamber congratulates Board member Lena Epstein and Hayley Stevens on their primary victory.

Additional PAC-endorsed candidates moving through to the November election include:

U.S. Senate

  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Macomb County Executive

  • Mark Hackel

Wayne County Executive

  • Warren Evans

Michigan House of Representatives

  • District 1: Tenisha Yancey (D)
  • District 2: Joseph Tate (D)
  • District 3: Wendell Byrd (D)
  • District 8: Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D)
  • District 10: Leslie Love (D)
  • District 11: Jewell Jones (D)
  • District 13: Frank Liberati (D)
  • District 15: Abdullah Hammoud (D)
  • District 17: Joe Bellino (R)
  • District 18: Kevin Hertel (D)
  • District 22: John Chirkun (D)
  • District 23: Dariin Camilleri (D)
  • District 26: Jim Ellison (D)
  • District 27: Robert Wittenberg (D)
  • District 30: Diana Farrington (R)
  • District 31: William Sowerby (D)
  • District 37: Christine Greig (D)
  • District 41: Doug Teitz (R)
  • District 43: Andrea Schroeder (R)
  • District 45: Michael Webber (R)
  • District 47: Hank Vaupel (R)
  • District 50: Tim Sneller (D)
  • District 52: Donna Lasinski (D)
  • District 55: Rebekah Warren (D)
  • District 56: Jason Sheppard (R)
  • District 60: Jon Hoadley (D)
  • District 61: Brandt Iden (R)
  • District 66: Beth Griffin (R)
  • District 68: Sarah Anthony (D)
  • District 73: Lynn Afendoulis (R)
  • District 74: Mark Huizenga (R)
  • District 80: Mary Whiteford (R)
  • District 85: Ben Frederick (R)
  • District 87: Julie Calley (R)
  • District 89: Jim Lilly (R)
  • District 91: Greg VanWoerkom (R)
  • District 93: Graham Filler (R)
  • District 100: Scott VanSingel (R)
  • District 104: Larry Inman (R)
  • District 107: Lee Chatfield (R)

Michigan Senate

  • District 1: Stephanie Chang (D)
  • District 3: Sylvia Santana (D)
  • District 7: Laura Cox (R)
  • District 8: Peter Lucido (R)
  • District 10: Henry Yanez (D)
  • District 11: Jeremy Moss (D)
  • District 13: Marty Knollenberg (R)
  • District 14: Ruth Johnson (R)
  • District 16: Mike Shirkey (R)
  • District 17: Dale Zorn (R)
  • District 23: Curtis Hertel (D)
  • District 24: Kelly Rossman-McKinney (D)
  • District 27: Jim Ananich (D)
  • District 28: Peter MacGregor (R)
  • District 29: Chris Afendoulis (R)
  • District 31: Kevin Daley (R)
  • District 32: Ken Horn (R)
  • District 33: Rick Outman (R)
  • District 35: Curt VanderWall (R)
  • District 36: Jim Stamas (R)
  • District 37: Wayne Schmidt (R)

U.S House of Representatives

  • District 1: Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet)
  • District 2: Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland)
  • District 4: Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Midland)
  • District 5: Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township)
  • District 6: Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph)
  • District 7: Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton)
  • District 8: Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester Hills)
  • District 9: Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Township
  • District 10: Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden Township)
  • District 12: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn)
  • District 14: Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield)