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Chamber Hosts New Automotive Adviser, Promotes Industry at Frankfurt Auto Show

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team attended the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany from Sept. 12-13. The event is the world’s most comprehensive auto show for vehicle developers and manufacturers. The Chamber coordinated research, and outreach for meetings with Nigel Francis, Michigan’s newly-announced senior automotive adviser. Other local leaders who played a role included: Martina Schlagwein (MEDC), Ray Byers (Wayne County EDGE), Dan Doescher (Plante Moran), Nick Stasevich (Butzel Long) and Rick Walewender (Miller Canfield).

The team met with roughly 100 global companies to promote the benefits of locating their operations in the Detroit region, and also touched base with existing Detroit-area firms about the new technology that the event showcased.

Among all the networking the Chamber was able to accomplish on behalf of Detroit and Michigan, there were a few key takeaways from the auto show:

  • The Michigan automotive industry is widely recognized to be on an upward trajectory, and the Detroit region continues to be the global epicenter of the automotive industry.
  • Suppliers and multipliers understand that bankruptcy is a necessary step for Detroit and that the move will not be deterrent for the expansion of operations into the region.
  • Michigan’s strong workforce continues to be the state’s most attractive attribute.

Click here to read Metromode’s feature on The Chamber’s own Maureen Krauss and her efforts to bring foreign markets and investment to Metro-Detroit.