Legislative Update: Detroit Public Schools Funding, Energy Reform Discussions Underway

The state Legislature wrapped up its summer session with a rush of activity, passing several major reforms including a $617 million funding package and restructuring plan for Detroit Public Schools. While lacking the breadth of oversight advocated by the Chamber and other business leaders, the legislation provides much-needed debt relief, district and operational reform, and transition funding.

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Leadership Detroit Graduates 69, Honors Positive Changemakers at Commencement

Last week, Leadership Detroit celebrated the commencement of its 37th class, while presenting its annual awards to three alumni who have made a positive impact on the region. Commencement took place at the Garden Theater in Detroit and featured 69 executives from across the region, representing business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

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Snyder: Let’s Write State’s Next Chapter as “One Michigan”

During Michigan’s “Lost Decade,” the state sometimes seemed fated to continue its economic decline. However, a dramatic reinvention, under the leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder, helped create more than 400,000 private-sector jobs and write a new comeback story for Michigan. Today, Snyder used his keynote address to look ahead towards the future, urging Conference attendees to overcome divisions, find solutions and write the state’s next chapter together, as “One Michigan.”

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Why Michigan Businesses Are Investing in Early Childhood Development

When children are healthy they perform better in school and are more likely to succeed. Making the investment in early childhood development is key to sustaining the workforce of the future. The session “Increasing the Bottom Line: Why Michigan Businesses are Investing in Early Childhood Development” captured this message with an insightful and dynamic conversation on why focusing on the pre-kindergarten population is so important.

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Flint Session Focuses on Immediate Recovery, Economic Growth

Pipes and jobs – these are the two main objective Flint leaders are focusing on both in the short and long-term to address the water crisis and help the city rise. Gathering on Michigan’s Center Stage, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Charles Stewart (C.S.) Mott Foundation President Ridgway White discussed the ways in which they are partnering together to build trust and a better future for Flint’s residents.

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