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Aug. 27: Wayne County Executive Warren Evans to Share Vision for County’s Future at Networking Reception, Sept. 24

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans to Share Vision for County’s Future at Networking Reception, Sept. 24

Detroit Regional Chamber members will have an exclusive opportunity to learn more about Wayne County’s future and hear from County Executive Warren Evans at the Chamber’s upcoming Networking Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Detroit Golf Club.

Evans, who took office in January, will address Chamber members for the first time, sharing brief remarks and introducing his key staff. Following Warren’s remarks, attendees will have the opportunity to network with members from companies of all sizes and industries that support good governance for the region.

The reception is part of a quarterly series showcasing the Big Four regional leaders in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, and the city of Detroit, and is part of the Chamber’s ongoing effort to promote regional collaboration among business and political leaders across the Detroit region. Past speakers include Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Click here to register.

Explore the Future of Connected Car Technology with General Motors’ Harry Lightsey III at the 2015 MICHauto Summit

As automakers race to meet the expectations of ever-changing mobile connected consumer demands, General Motors Co. is leading the way in innovative technology. Drawing on GM’s groundbreaking research and development projects, Harry Lightsey III, executive director of global connected customers and public policy, will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 MICHauto Summit on the impact that policy, technology and customers play on GM’s future strategy and the evolution of the connected vehicle market.

Building off the theme, “The Connected Culture: Shaping Michigan’s Automotive and Mobility Future,” the Summit will focus on Michigan as the center for advanced mobility and its need for a robust talent pipeline driven by a relentless culture of innovation. In addition to Lightsey, announced speakers include Rose Bellanca, president of Washtenaw Community College; Rick Haas, president and chief operating officer for Mahindra’s North American Technical Center; Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC); and Gov. Rick Snyder. To view the full Summit agenda and to register, click here.

Michigan’s Unemployment Rate Lowest in 14 Years: Decline to Sign and Protect State’s Comeback

A new report released this month by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget reveals that Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to the national average of 5.3 percent in July, its lowest point since 2001. This reflects how the state’s landmark 2011 tax reform has been a key catalyst for increasing jobs and investment and making Michigan more globally competitive.

Unfortunately, a petition drive calling for the state Legislature to nearly double the state’s flat corporate income tax — from 6 percent to 11 percent — threatens to undo this progress.

To continue the momentum and sustain Michigan’s economic growth, the Detroit Regional Chamber recently launched a Decline to Sign awareness campaign, which encourages voters to oppose this job-killing petition. Decline to Sign favors a more collaborative road funding plan that adheres to the Chamber’s five principles for transportation funding, which outline the foundation for a comprehensive solution that supports a world-class infrastructure without undercutting key business and economic development. Click here to read more.

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Video Series Highlights Students’ SuccessA new online video series is sharing the positive story of student achievement in Mayor Mike Duggan’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) summer employment program announced at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference. GDYT, a partnership between the mayor’s office, Detroit Regional Chamber, philanthropic groups and local businesses, promotes the importance of creating employment opportunities and sustainable career pathways for youths in Detroit. Support for GDYT was one of the Chamber’s 2014 Conference To-Do List items.

Click here to watch GDYT student Roderick Hopkins’ story at the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).