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Detroit Regional Chamber’s Response to Gov. Snyder’s State of the State Address

DETROIT, January 18, 2012 – Following today’s State of the State Address, Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah applauded Governor Rick Snyder’s continued effort to improving Michigan’s business climate to spur job creation and making necessary, and at times, difficult choices. The Governor’s Address came just hours after the Department of Technology, Management and Budget reported that Michigan’s jobless rate fell 0.5 percentage points in December and is experiencing some of the fastest employment recovery in the nation.

“Governor Snyder is working hard to move Michigan in a positive direction, and we support his focus on collaboration and his efforts to build a business climate that attracts investment and talent,” Baruah said. “The Governor’s leadership on issues such as the personal property tax, infrastructure improvements including the New International Trade Crossing, and education reform will help drive economic development in Michigan. These issues must be addressed for Detroit and Michigan to be competitive in the global economy.”

A long-time supporter of a new bridge linking Detroit and Canada, the Detroit Regional Chamber continues to aggressively advocate on behalf of efforts to move the bridge project forward. The Detroit Regional Chamber also favors improvements to other key infrastructure such as roads that greatly impact trade, commerce and quality of life.

“The NITC is crucial to Michigan’s economic growth and remains one of the Chamber’s top public policy issues,” Baruah said. “The bridge, as well as improving other transportation infrastructure, is paramount to the economic vitality of our city and state. From well maintained roads throughout the state to viable transit options for residents of the city of Detroit, Michigan must ensure we have the transportation infrastructure available to support our communities and businesses.”

As part his State of the State Address, the Governor also emphasized the importance of ensuring military veterans can join the workforce.

“Our brave men and women in uniform deserve more opportunities to rejoin the workforce once they are done serving our country,” Baruah said. “We look forward to working with the Governor to address this issue.”

The Detroit Regional Chamber plans on including the topic of employment of veterans in the dialogue at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference.

The Detroit Regional Chamber will also be hosting the Governor for a special State of the State Address to the Business Community this Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 a.m. at MGM Grand Detroit. Media who want to attend the event should contact Jim Martinez at 313.348.1323.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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