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October 8, 2013: Detroit Scholarship Fund Provides Community College Scholarships; Detroiter Cover Features Special Illustration

Detroit Scholarship Fund Provides Community College Scholarships to Nearly 600 Detroit Graduates The Detroit Scholarship Fund (DSF), created by Gov. Snyder and administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, is making community college affordable to 590 full-time students this fall. The program – open to students who have attended any Detroit high school for at least two years prior to graduation – covers the difference between full tuition and fees at five local community colleges, and the amount of Pell grants and state financial assistance offered to students.

Participating schools are Wayne County Community College District and Macomb Community, Schoolcraft, Oakland Community and Henry Ford Community colleges. The DSF is privately funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation. To read the full article in The Detroit News, click here.

Detroiter Cover Illustration Features Key Detroit Change-Makers

The latest issue of the Detroiter hit newsstands recently, and features a special concept cover that depicts the ongoing transformation that is taking place as Detroit navigates bankruptcy. The illustration highlights several organizations and business and political leaders who continue to drive Detroit’s comeback.

The cover, designed by Detroit’s Skidmore Studios, reflects how opportunities and resources that exist in Detroit far outweigh the challenges. Articles in the issue showcase Detroit’s opportunities and assets and include columns by Sue Mosey, president of Midtown Detroit, Inc. (A Business Boom) and George Jackson, president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (Time to Catch the Wave), as well as a Q&A with renowned “urbanist” Dr. Richard Florida (Turning a Corner).

Ultimately, Detroit is going to emerge as a stronger city through the hard work of resilient leaders and innovators who are driving progress every day. To see the special cover illustration and read more about how Detroit continues to make progress, click here.

National ‘Here’s $250 Billion’ Ad Changing Conversation About Detroit

Last week’s “Here’s $250 Billion” campaign, publicized nationally by a group of 28 Detroit-area organizations to bring more positive attention to the region, has received tremendous support across traditional, social and print media. Two of the 11 national news publications that the advertisement was originally run in – USA Today and Financial Times – chose to place it again at no additional cost. The success of the ad, spearheaded by BCBSM and DTE Energy, demonstrates that it has created momentum for focusing the conversation about Detroit in a positive light. To read about the inspiration for the ad from Dan Loepp, president and CEO, BCBSM, click here.

Chamber to Host Series of Health Care Educational Events

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MI Health Answers program is presenting an interactive educational event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. Small business owners and decision-makers are invited to the event, where attendees will have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions on key health care reform issues.

A collection of experts from different fields – such as attorneys, accountants and agents – will be present to answer questions and discuss health insurance marketplaces, subsidies, tax credits, compliance issues and more. The session is one of a series of free interactive events that MI Health Answers is offering in Detroit, Royal Oak and Ypsilanti.

For more information, and to register for the event, please click here.

Registration Still Open for Membership Maximizer at the Detroit Golf Club, Oct. 16

There is still time to register for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Fall Membership Maximizer on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Detroit Golf Club. The event will provide first-rate networking and the opportunity to meet select Chamber employees, who can help attendees best utilize their Chamber membership through numerous programs and affiliates. To learn more and register now for this free Chamber member event, please click here.

Site Selection Magazine Cites Role of Pro-Business Governors in Midwestern Resurgence

The demise of the Midwestern U.S. “rustbelt” has been greatly exaggerated, according to a recent article in Site Selection magazine that touts the fast-growing employment opportunities in the manufacturing industry, as pro-business governors are revamping state government operations. The article, “Go Midwest, Young Man,” argues that if the U.S. is going to fully recover from the from the Great Recession of 2008-2009, there’s an excellent chance that leading the recovery will be a handful of states in the Upper Midwest and South Central regions of the country.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is highlighted as one of several state leaders in the region making strong changes to benefit businesses, as unemployment is declining and investment is increasing. To read the full article, click here.

Downtown Buildings to “Light Up the City” During Tigers Postseason Play

The Detroit Regional Chamber is one of many offices in downtown Detroit that will be “Lighting Up the City” in a show of support for the Detroit Tigers playoff push. During each nationally televised home game during the MLB postseason,  buildings will be leaving lights on to showcase the brilliance of the downtown Detroit skyline. This campaign is another example of how interconnected and supportive the city is for all things Detroit.