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DTE Energy’s Gerry Anderson and Meritor’s Chip McClure to Co-Chair Detroit Regional Chamber Economic Development Campaign

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 29, 2012 – Today, at the start of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Detroit Regional Chamber unveiled the “Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign,” a new regional economic development campaign to drive economic development and investment in Detroit and Southeast Michigan. The campaign will be co-chaired by DTE Energy Chairman, President and CEO Gerry Anderson and Meritor, Inc. Chairman, CEO and President Chip McClure who joined Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah for the announcement on the porch of the historic Grand Hotel.

“As a Detroit-based business, DTE Energy has a significant and vested interest in the economic health of Michigan, and in particular, Southeast Michigan where our headquarters are located,” Anderson said. “We have long supported unified economic development efforts in the region, and I look forward to helping the Detroit Regional Chamber with this new initiative.”

McClure noted, “as Chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber, I’m pleased that we’ve made moving the economic needle in the region our top priority.  I’m proud of the energy and resources we are putting forth to make this a reality and I’m equally proud of the collaborative nature in which the Chamber is progressing.”

The “Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign” will focus on presenting and marketing Southeast Michigan to economic development and investment prospects.  A key component of this effort will be strategic collaboration with regional governments and economic development entities to ensure coordinated efforts that minimize duplication.  Activities will include regional marketing strategy and materials, coordinated national and international investment missions, and close collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

“Our region needs to be more than the sum of its parts. We have tremendous assets in the Detroit region, but we need an aggressive and coordinated effort to take advantage of the opportunities available in the 21st century global marketplace,” Baruah said. “I am pleased and honored to have Gerry Anderson and Chip McClure to help lead this campaign.”

The “Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign” has a goal of raising a minimum of $2 million annually in private sector funding to support regional economic development.  DTE Energy is a long-time supporter of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s economic development programs and Chip McClure of Meritor is the Chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The Detroit Regional Chamber works in partnership with other economic development entities on four key activities that attract, retain and grow business and job creation in Southeast Michigan:

Business Attraction – Leverages Detroit and Southeast Michigan’s assets to attract world-class talent and business investment. The Chamber accompanied and supported Governor Rick Snyder on his international trade missions to Asia (2011) and Europe (2012).

Connection Point – Links small to mid-sized leading-edge Michigan suppliers with large multi-national corporations to expand their customer portfolio.  In the last 12 months, Connection Point participants have received over $139.6 million in bid package opportunities for new business.

MICHauto – Newly launched trade association dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan.  An advisory committee comprised of leading auto industry CEOs has been established and activities, including a business conditions study, are in progress.

Translinked – Aims to capitalize on Southeast Michigan’s rich assets in transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) to create a cluster of excellence.  The Chamber has been a leading voice for transportation and TDL investment and coordination and is playing a key role in the region and with the MEDC to accelerate this initiative.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual event founded in 1981 – brings together top leadership in business and government to re-energize Michigan.  Approximately 1,500 attendees will gather for the 2012 Conference, held May 29 – May 31 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

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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