Opinion: Self-driving car bill provides opportunity to save lives

Aug. 26, 2018 – The Detroit News

Self-driving cars and smart infrastructure enable dramatic improvements in safety and hold incredible promise to decrease deaths and serious injuries from automobile accidents. They also offer enormous potential for our region’s economic growth. It is imperative that Michigan lead the way in the development and testing of this technology.

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Flashpoint 8/19/18: Regional CEOs; Local politics roundtable

August 19, 2018 – WDIV: Local 4

Last month, a controversial letter from the office of L. Brooks Patterson to Oakland County chamber directors invited them to discuss a group of what he called “self-appointed saviors.”  Patterson said the group was allegedly created to “snatch business leads in the righteous cause of rebuilding Detroit. A lot of controversy came of that meeting, including some off color comments from Patterson himself that made headlines and also prompted an apology.

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Motor city is firing on all cylinders again

August 2018 Issue – Automotive Industries

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.”

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

August 10, 2018 – Detroit Free Press

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.   

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