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February 25: Chamber’s PAC Endorses Gov. Snyder in Re-Election Bid; Chamber Commends Rep. John Dingell for His Service and Leadership

Chamber’s PAC Endorses Gov. Snyder in Re-Election Bid

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed Governor Rick Snyder in his 2014 re-election bid.

Governor Snyder has successfully overhauled Michigan’s business climate and bolstered its global competitiveness over the past four years. He has also promoted key Chamber priorities, including the New International Trade Crossing, Medicaid expansion and the repeal of the Michigan Business Tax.

After careful consideration, the PAC Board of Directors made the unanimous endorsement of the quorum present based on the candidates’ records and in-person interviews with both Governor Snyder and former Congressman Mark Schauer. The Chamber commends Mr. Schauer for his record of public service.

To read more about the PAC, click here.

Chamber Commends Rep. John Dingell for His Service and Leadership

The Chamber thanks Congressman John Dingell (D-Dearborn) for his service and leadership as he finishes his current term. He has announced that he will step down following the completion of this term – his 29th in office.

As the longest-serving member of Congress, Rep. Dingell has helped pass – if not write – many of the most iconic pieces of legislation of the last six decades, including the Civil Rights Act, Medicare to the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act and Affordable Care Act.

In response to his retirement plans, Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah released the following statement, commending Rep. Dingell on his efforts during a Congressional career that spanned nearly 60 years:

“While perhaps no public servant has better earned wonderful retirement years, Rep. John Dingell’s pending retirement is a true loss for Michigan and the nation. Congress today is bereft of leaders providing adult supervision – who can reach across the aisle and find common ground. John Dingell has been more than a member of Congress. He has been a friend, a gentleman and a statesman.”

For more on Rep. Dingell, click here.

Last Chance to Register for Detroit Policy Conference Before Price Increase; Event to be Live Streamed

Be sure to register for the Detroit Policy Conference within the next 48 hours before the price increases on-site. Taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, the Conference will bring together hundreds of business, community and political leaders for discussion on enhancing Detroit’s business landscape and neighborhoods.

The Conference will feature keynote speeches from Candy Chang, TED senior fellow and urban artist and designer; Thomas Sugrue, David Boies professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania; and M. Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University.

All sessions of the Conference will be live-streamed on the Chamber website. Attendees are encouraged to dress in business casual attire. To register, click here.

Plan of Adjustment Provides Detroit’s Exit Strategy from Historic Bankruptcy

Kevin Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager, filed a Plan of Adjustment on Friday, February 21 to adjust Detroit’s debt as the city emerges from this historic bankruptcy. The plan focuses on investments in Detroit that are necessary for future success and position Detroit for sustained growth and success.

Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah spoke with WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter about Detroit’s next steps as it navigates bankruptcy. To listen to the conversation, click here.

UST Global Launches ‘Step IT Up America’ Program, Aims to Create 5,000 Tech Careers

UST Global, a Los Angeles-based technology leader, is launching its Step IT Up America program in Detroit, with the goal of creating 5,000 new technology careers for minority women. The launch program will be held on Tuesday, March 11, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit.

UST Global provides an essential platform to train and employ inner-city women by providing them with technological skills and education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to launch successful careers in the information technology industry. For additional information on the Step IT Up America program, click here.