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April 29: Register Now for Chamber PAC Reception at Mackinac Policy Conference

Register Now for Chamber PAC Reception at Mackinac Policy Conference

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and Lisa Howze, director of governmental affairs for the city of Detroit, will join state lawmakers at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) reception at 5 p.m. on May 28 during the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference. This year’s reception will feature a moderated conversation regarding the dynamic and evolving relationship between city and state government following Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy.

Attendees at the reception will also hear from Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) and Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive).

Admittance to this event requires a separate ticket in addition to Conference registration. Tickets cost $175 or $275, which includes admission to a separate VIP reception and photo opportunity with the speakers. All contributions benefit the Chamber PAC, which supports candidates from both political parties committed to working toward the Chamber’s public policy goals. No corporate checks or corporate credit cards will be accepted. Click here for more information on the reception and other PAC-sponsored events.

SAE World Congress Provides Business Attraction Backdrop to Promote Detroit Region’s Assets

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation hosted eight international delegations attending the SAE World Congress at Cobo Center to promote the Detroit region. As part of the week’s activities, the Chamber’s Business Attraction team met with 200 representatives from automotive-related companies looking for opportunities to export and/or expand into the U.S. market.

Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development at the Chamber, said many of the delegates visited Detroit for the first time and were curious to learn about the regional market. Delegations included the Austria Auto Delegation, Business Upper Austria, China Technology Consortium, Foshan, Czech Republic, Mexico, Taiwan and the Torino Chamber of Commerce. The week’s activities culminated with a private reception at the Chamber on Wednesday with the delegates and the Chamber’s public and private partners.

Henry Ford Hospital Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Detroit Historical Museum Display

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Henry Ford Hospital on 100 years of serving the residents of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. The hospital has a long history of pioneering innovation in the health care industry and together with Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, continues to be a critical partner in attracting jobs and talent in the region.

As part of its anniversary celebration, artifacts from the hospital are being featured in a special exhibit titled, “Henry Ford Health System: 100 Years Measured in Life,” at the Detroit Historical Museum. The exhibit will be available to the public through Jan. 3, 2016. Click here to read an article on Schlichting, a past Chamber Board chair and current executive committee member, who was featured on the cover of the Chamber’s March edition of the Detroiter magazine.

JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Conference Outlines Detroit Investment as Key to Region’s Growth

The Detroit Regional Chamber  joined regional civic and business leaders in a day focused on strengthening the city’s global trade competitiveness during the inaugural Global Cities Detroit conference on April 22. Chamber President Sandy Baruah participated in a panel with Detroit Economic Growth Corporation President and CEO Rodrick Miller focused on current efforts to promote trade and investment in the city and strategies that can be implemented with surrounding counties to grow global talent and capital.

The conference’s keynote speakers included Mayor Mike Duggan; Nancy McLernon, president and CEO of the Organization for International Investments; and Bruce Katz, vice president and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and co-director of the Global Cities Initiative. Brad McDearman, fellow and director of global special projects for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, presented lessons from a recent Brookings report on Detroit and led discussion on what area policymakers can do to maximize the contribution of foreign direct investment on economic development goals for the city and the region.

Michigan Future Schools Column Calls for Greater Diversity in the Classroom

A recent column published by Patrick Cooney, college success manager at Michigan Future Schools, calls on local government and education leaders to provide equal access to education opportunities for Detroit’s residents as a viable solution to improve the city’s struggling schools.

Cooney suggests that “good schools” require a greater mix of incomes and races attending school together. In order to keep Detroit on a sustainable path toward long-term economic recovery, Cooney says state and city leaders must implement housing policies that encourage a greater mix of incomes, followed by progressive education policies that push for schools to be more demographically representative of the entire community. The column follows the recommendations of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren to reform Detroit Public Schools presented to Gov. Rick Snyder in March. Click here to read the editorial.

Michigan Future Schools students are eligible to apply for the Detroit Scholarship Fund, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber. The Chamber is working to expand the scholarship and supports Michigan Future Schools’ goal of preparing every student for post-secondary education success.

SEMCOG Survey Seeks Citizen Input on Michigan’s Transportation System Ahead of May 5 Election

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition have launched a survey to gather perceptions and attitudes on current road conditions and the May 5 special election to increase funding for Michigan’s roads. Participants can take the brief survey to provide their perspective. For more information related to road funding and the May 5 election, download the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Proposal 1 toolkit.