Legislative Update: Chamber Applauds Michigan House for Amending Ballast Water Rules, Protecting State’s Competitiveness

Last week, the Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bill 5095, amending the state’s ballast water discharge regulations for ocean-going ships entering the state. The bill better aligns Michigan’s ballast water requirement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit requirements.

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‘Two red flashing lights’ in Detroit chamber’s regional report

Crain’s Detroit Business: Nov. 1, 2017

Economic gains in per capita income, gross domestic product and private sector job growth were overshadowed by “two red flashing lights” in education attainment and the financial and physical health of Southeast Michigan residents in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2017 State of the Region report.

The chamber’s annual report highlights “a record of stability and success” while also pointing to areas the region needs to improve to help the long-term viability of commerce and economic growth, said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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Detroit Regional Chamber’s State of the Region Report Marked by Growth

dbusiness: Nov. 1, 2017

The Detroit Regional Chamber today released its State of the Region report during a luncheon event at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

“This past year was a year of tremendous growth. The renaissance of Detroit — and the region — is private sector led, technology focused, and sustainable,” says Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “For the fourth straight year, the Detroit region has outpaced the national average in private sector job growth. For the first time since before the recession, the region’s unemployment rate matched the nation’s unemployment rate.

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Region’s economic future looks bright despite some weak spots, Chamber says

Detroit Free Press: Nov. 1, 2017

The Detroit Regional Chamber finds a lot to like in southeast Michigan’s economic performance in its latest annual State of the Region report.

“For the fourth straight year, the Detroit region has outpaced the national average in private sector job growth,” Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah said in his forward to the 32-page report. “For the first time since before the recession, the region’s unemployment rate matched the nation’s unemployment rate.”

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The Kresge Foundation Grants $450,000 to Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation to Improve College Readiness, Access and Success

The Kresge Foundation and the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation today announce new funding to launch a comprehensive plan and campaign to increase postsecondary education attainment in Southeast Michigan. The $450,000 grant from Kresge will urgently address a crisis, as part of the Chamber’s Forward Detroit regional economic development and competitiveness strategy.

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Escaping the Echo Chamber: ‘No Easy Answers’ in Dealing with Misinformation and Polarization on Social Media

News consumers, particularly those on social media, tend to read, share and comment on articles that reinforce their opinions and beliefs, even if the content is not factually accurate. Scholars say these so-called “echo chambers” are leading to increased political polarization as well as misperceptions and disagreements on facts.

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Bringing Civility Back to Michigan: House Speaker Tom Leonard and Democratic Leader Sam Singh Practice Respect and Compromise to Bridge Party Lines

Politics is war without bloodshed — an aphorism popularized by China’s Mao Zedong — is often cited as a hopeful statement about the potential to resolve political differences without violence. Less often noted, however, is that its author followed up by saying that war is politics with bloodshed, and that the communist dictator was responsible for the violent deaths of millions of his own countrymen.

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