Stäubli to host Automotive Customer Days to displaying the latest in robotics technology and connector solutions.

For more info, contact:
Jan Abel
Senior Marketing-Communications Manager
Phone: (864)486-5430
j.abel@staubli.com

Stäubli to host Automotive Customer Days to displaying the latest in robotics technology and connector solutions.

Star of the event will be the new four-axis SCARA series offers modular design, hollow shaft technology and an optional integrated tool change system for improved performance

DUNCAN, S.C. (April 30, 2019) – Stäubli, a leading manufacturer of quick release couplings, robotics systems.  Following the launch of Stäubli’s NEW TS2 SCARA range at Automate 2019, Staubli will be opening their Novi facility to Automotive Customers and would like to invite you to attend, May 21st-23rd from 9:00AM to 5:00PM each day.

The “See and Touch Zone” which will include seven live demos:

TS2 High Performance Cell
Smart Production Cell including the TX2-60 and the TS2-60
Asyril Flex Feeding Cell with coordinated 7th axis
Inspection cart with the TX2 Touch 90L Collaborative Robot
Aquarium Cell with the TX2HE Water Jet Cutting
Staubli Technical Support Corner
Robotic Tool Changer and quick releasing couplings

In addition to the “See and Touch Zone”, there will be presentations throughout the day to include:

“Human Robot Collaboration and Risk Assessment”
“TX2 and TX2touch, Staubli Collaborative Options
“Staubli Robotics Suite 2019 – Programming Case Study, Optimizing ROI”
“New SCARA generation – TS2”
“I4.0 Mobility Requirements – Introduction to Helmo”|
“Staubli Solutions to Reduce Production Line TCO”
Wednesday and Thursday only will be guest speaker, Bob Doyle, RIA with a “Robotics and Automation Industry Update”
The event is taking place to present Staubli products in the new Novi, MI location to inform the local Automotive Customers that Staubli offers services and solutions are right in their back door

Register for the event here. 

About Stäubli North America

Stäubli North America has over 200 employees supporting Connectors, Robotics and Textiles customers. The company’s North American headquarters is located in Duncan, S.C. with the sales force strategically placed on the West Coast, Canada, Mexico and elsewhere thoughtout the continent.

Stäubli is a leading manufacturer of textile machinery, quick release couplings and robotics systems. With a workforce of over 5,000 employees Stäubli is present in 29 countries supported by a comprehensive distribution network in 50 countries worldwide.

Walsh Faculty Contribute to 2019 Technology in Industry Report

TROY, Mich., May 2, 2019 — Walsh IT/Decision Sciences department chair and assistant professor Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP and associate professor Christopher Heiden contributed research to Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Report, which was revealed on April 29, 2019 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Schippers’ research focused on the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and cybersecurity of cyber physical systems on the manufacturing line. Heiden contributed data protection research related to cybersecurity in IIoT.

The report, titled “Industry 4.0: From Vision to Implementation,” is a guide to Industry 4.0 implementation and includes research from Michigan and Canadian universities and corporate insights, with a goal of helping manufacturers succeed in the rapidly changing Industry 4.0 landscape.

“Cyber physical systems, which are sometimes referred to as smart devices, add a level of new complexity to cybersecurity,” said Schippers. “Data needs to be protected, but so do physical devices and their ability to perform. When you consider that cyber physical systems include medical monitoring devices, autonomous vehicle systems, manufacturing machinery, and smart grids, cybersecurity is truly about protecting our modern way of life.”

Walsh was one of the first schools in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and was the first college in the nation to offer a degree concentration in automotive cybersecurity. Walsh’s information technology degrees align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards.

The 2019 Technology in Industry Report is available to Automation Alley members free of charge. For more information about Walsh’s degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Automation Alley announces speakers for April 29 Technology in Industry Reveal, plans to unveil 2019 report on Industry 4.0

TROY, Mich.— April 12, 2019 — Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, is set to release its 2019 Technology in Industry Report, a guide to Industry 4.o implementation, at the Technology in Industry Reveal at the Detroit Institute of Arts the morning of Monday, April 29. All attendees will receive a copy of the 2019 report during the event, which includes a strolling breakfast and the opportunity to network with hundreds of the region’s technology and manufacturing professionals. The event will also feature a Smart Technology Expo showcasing the latest Industry 4.0 innovations and insights from corporate and academic experts highlighting trends in the Industry 4.0 space.

Speakers and topics for the Technology in Industry Reveal will include:

• Welcome: Tom Kelly, Executive Director & CEO, Automation Alley
• 2019 Technology in Industry Report Key Findings: Cynthia Hutchison, Senior Director, Automation Alley
• The State of Industry 4.0 in Education: David Pistrui, Ph.D., Industry Liaison, Director of Graduate Recruiting, Clinical Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering & Science, University of Detroit Mercy
• Clash of the Titans—Industry 4.0 vs Hacking 4.0: Daimon Geopfert, Principal, National Leader of Security and Privacy Risk Consulting, RSM
• Equipment Condition Monitoring with Acoustics and AI: Chris Martin, Ph.D., Director, AI Development Group, Bosch (USA)
• The New Black Box: Using Data Models to Prevent Major Catastrophe: Brian Gilmore, Chief Technology Advocate, Splunk
• Big Data and the Managerial Decision-making Process: Debasish Chakraborty, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Central Michigan University
• Additive Manufacturing: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges: Anca Sala, Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering, Baker College & Peter Wawrow, Ph.D., Director of Applied Research and Development, St. Clair College

Titled “From Vision to Implementation,” Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Report combines research from Michigan and Canadian universities with corporate partner insights and is designed to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological change. It includes case studies of Industry 4.0 adoption strategies, emerging trends, opportunities, action items and workforce implications based on a survey of 500 Southeast Michigan engineering students. New to the report is the Velocity Index™, which illustrates the maturity of each Industry 4.0 technology and its expected rate of growth to determine the risks associated with investment. Report research centers on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0, including the Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, Big Data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

Academic research partners include the University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Baker College, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Walsh College, Henry Ford College and Windsor’s St. Clair College. Corporate partners providing insight include Ford Motor Company, Bosch, Intel, Dow Chemical Company, PTC, Altair, Splunk, Configit, Marco, Ghafari Associates, TTI Success Insights, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Plante Moran and RSM, all providing guidance through peer review and industry-specific feedback.

“Automation Alley’s mission is to lead the charge for Industry 4.0 in Michigan and beyond, both for our members and our state’s strong manufacturing ecosystem. The 2019 Technology in Industry Report is an actionable example of that,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO. “This report is a collaborative effort between industry and academia that should be mirrored in the Industry 4.0 ecosystem. In order for Industry 4.0 to work, companies of all sizes must explore partnerships and look at this revolution holistically.”

Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Reveal is Monday, April 29, from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts. To register, visit automationalley.com/techreveal. For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kristin O’Neill oneillk@automationalley.com.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.
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Automation Alley announces two senior director promotions

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, announces that Maryann Daddow has been promoted to senior director of finance and Cynthia Hutchison has been promoted to senior director, Automation Alley.

Hutchison had been director of business development and government affairs at Automation Alley and will continue in that role. Additional responsibilities as senior director include oversight of marketing and facilities management. Daddow had been director of finance and will continue with the elevated financial responsibilities that have emerged from Automation Alley’s transition to Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center.

Daddow, who joined Automation Alley in 2009, is responsible for accounting and financial management for Automation Alley, as well as the lead interface with outside auditors. She has more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, previously working in the automotive industry with Chrysler Group LLC. Her work experience has encompassed technical accounting, financial analysis and controllership responsibilities across a wide range of functions.

Daddow holds an MBA from Michigan State University. She is a resident of Rochester.

Hutchison initially worked for Automation Alley as director of member relations from October 2013 to April 2015. She returned to Automation Alley in August 2016 as director of business development and government affairs. Since rejoining Automation Alley, she has expanded membership at the Foundation level (the highest level of membership) and has sought out new opportunities to maximize Automation Alley’s reach nationally and globally. Additionally, she introduced such popular new member programs as the Tech Takeover, which provides members an opportunity to showcase their expertise on smart technologies for Industry 4.0 to those in the manufacturing and technology fields, and brought in major sponsors and partners for Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report and inaugural, sold-out global Integr8™ Industry 4.0 conference.

In 2006, Hutchison was named one of 14 “Michiganians of the Year” by the Detroit News for her efforts on behalf of Band of Angels, an international advocacy and support organization she founded for educating, employing and providing inclusive opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive impairments. Hutchison started Band of Angels following the birth of her son, Jordan, in 1989, who has Down syndrome. In addition to Hutchison, honorees that year included Dan Gilbert, Matt Cullen and Maggie Allesee. among others.

Hutchison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Allegheny College. She is a resident of Rochester Hills.

“Cynthia Hutchison brings multi-faceted strategic business marketing and sales skills to Automation Alley,” Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO, said. “She’s a senior leader and outstanding connector. As we transition Automation Alley to Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Cynthia has done an outstanding job of educating our members and partners on the value of being actively involved with Automation Alley. On the operations side, she brings creativity and a strong business approach to finding efficiencies that help us best serve our members and our day-to-day operations. Leading our finance area, Maryann Daddow has been an upstanding, trusted leader and has stepped up to embrace the new financial opportunities presented by Automation Alley’s involvement in Industry 4.0. On behalf of our entire team, I congratulate them on their promotions.”


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Clayton & McKervey shareholder Tim Finerty named to Automation Alley’s Board of Directors

Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace, announces that Shareholder Tim Finerty has been named to the board of Automation Alley effective August 1. Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the state’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association. Board members provide strategic insight, corporate governance and operational oversight to Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and serve a three-year term, twice eligible for renewal.

Long active in Automation Alley’s domestic and international initiatives, including annual trade missions to Mexico, Finerty will also remain as vice chair of Automation Alley’s International Business Services Advisory Council, a position he was appointed to in February. Clayton & McKervey is an original foundation member of Automation Alley and its shareholders and managers have been engaged with the organization since its inception in 1999.

Finerty is the leader for the Systems Integrators and Mexico practices at Clayton & McKervey, with specialization in Research & Experimentation tax credits and consulting on Mexican and Latin American tax and accounting issues. He also helps small and midsized growth-driven businesses achieve their goals.

In addition to his efforts with Automation Alley, Finerty is a founding board member of the newest chapter of the United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC), the Great Lakes Chapter, based in Detroit, and is also involved with a variety of other professional organizations, including ProMexico, Michigan Manufacturing Association, Association for Advancing Automation, Robotics Industries Association, National Tooling & Machining Association, Controls Systems Integrators Association, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Manufacturing Task Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Michigan State University.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

Automation Alley to reveal major report on Industry 4.0 with research from seven leading Michigan academic institutions

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, has assembled a collaborative team of academic and corporate partners to create an in-depth research report on Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to be released April 30 in Detroit. This is the first collaborative Industry 4.0 report of its kind in Michigan.

Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report will be a data-rich guide to Industry 4.0 adoption comprised of observations, emerging trends, challenges, opportunities and implications for industry, created to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological changes. Research will center on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0, including the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, big data, the cloud, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

This is Automation Alley’s 11th year releasing this report, and the first time the organization is taking a collaborative approach to the research. Academic research partners include University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Baker College, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Ford Motor Company is backing the report research with funding and providing corporate insight.

“Ford Motor Company joined Automation Alley in late 2017 to take advantage of the unique networking opportunities. Ford clearly sees the opportunity to collaborate with Southeast Michigan business leaders on critical Industry 4.0 initiatives, and jointly define and develop the way forward in this space,” said Michael Lee, Ford’s global core manager of body structures and closures.

Comau, Siemens PLM, Eaton and Trumpf will provide guidance through peer review and industry-specific feedback. In addition, Plante Moran and RSM have come on board to help facilitate and organize the data collected. Additional corporate partners will be announced in February.

“Manufacturers around the globe are attempting to wrap their heads around the magnitude of change involved with Industry 4.0, where there is much uncertainty, but also opportunity,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO. “We understand that the key to our state’s success in Industry 4.0 is dependent on knowledge, not only for business owners, but also for a workforce that will need to be upskilled as jobs are replaced by automation. This report will be of great value to manufacturers both at home and abroad, one that will serve as a roadmap to help companies large and small navigate this massive industry shift.”

Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report will be released at Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal, April 30, from 8-11:30 a.m., at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where attendees will receive a free copy of the report. At the Reveal event, hundreds of technology and manufacturing professionals will enjoy a strolling breakfast as they network and explore a technology spotlight featuring the latest Industry 4.0 innovations. Following the spotlight, there will be a formal presentation of the 2018 Technology in Industry Report’s key takeaways and a panel discussion featuring leading industry experts and academic researchers.

Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal comes on the heels of Automation Alley’s sold-out, global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8™, that attracted 550 industry experts to Detroit in November.

“Automation Alley’s mission is to lead the charge in Industry 4.0 in Michigan for our members as well as our state’s strong manufacturing ecosystem. Our goal is to keep our manufacturers ahead of the curve as technology transforms industry. This report is a logical next step to achieve that goal,” Kelly said.

For information on sponsorship opportunities related to the Technology in Industry Report and Technology in Industry Reveal, visit automationalley.com/techreport. To register for the Technology in Industry Reveal, visit automationalley.com/techreveal.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Automation Alley focuses its efforts on innovation and technology, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources, funding and actionable intelligence to help members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a local focus. We work tirelessly to help our members achieve success by increasing sales, reducing costs, and thinking strategically during a time of rapid technological change in the manufacturing industry.

 

Detroit’s Tech, Automotive Leadership Takes Spotlight During Israel Mission Trip

In a follow-up to a January fact-finding mission to Israel earlier this year led by Mark Davidoff, Michigan managing partner at Deloitte, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the Detroit Regional Chamber, along with economic development representatives from Oakland County, returned to the country in May to meet with automotive and manufacturing companies looking to expand into the U.S. market.

“Following our fact-finding mission in January, we saw an opportunity in Israel beyond the country’s robust cybersecurity sector to the larger automotive technology landscape,” said Justin Robinson, vice president of Business Attraction for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

“Our Business Attraction program has made a shift to recruit more early-stage automotive technology companies and we are looking to the markets that we believe hold the greatest potential to bring that technology to Southeast Michigan — Israel and Silicon Valley,” he added.

The trip, which took place May 15-19, was timed to coincide with Ecomotion 2017, a worldwide conference focused on promoting knowledge-sharing among companies in the smart transportation sector (pictured).

During the week, the delegation held 25 one-on-one meetings with venture capital companies, automotive accelerators and startups, to glean information on how to best support Israeli companies that have an eye toward the North American market. Primarily, Robinson said companies expressed the need for better connections to OEMs (such as Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co.) and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers.

“It was a great opportunity to listen and understand what we need to be doing as a region to better position ourselves to connect this new startup ecosystem with the established automotive ecosystem in Detroit,” he said.

There are roughly 6,000 startups in Israel today. As more pop up due to the country’s rich talent pool and government support for entrepreneurs, many companies are setting their sights to North America to scale their business quickly, Robinson said.

“Mobility is becoming one of the key areas of focus, which is a perfect opportunity for Michigan,” he said.

For more information on Forward Detroit, contact Marnita S. Harris at mharris@detroitchamber.com or 313.596.0310. To view a full list of investors and past Investor Exclusive content, visit our Investor Resources page.

Automation Alley offers Integr8™ early bird member pricing through July 7; Special VIP ticket package also available to first 100 members

Automation Alley is offering its members a special early bird rate and VIP ticket package to attend Integr8™, the technology and manufacturing business association’s new interactive, cross-discipline global Industry 4.0 conference. Integr8™ will feature world-renowned speakers, panels and a technology expo, and is expected to attract 500 manufacturing and technology professionals from across the region and world to Detroit, Nov. 9.

Members can save $100 on conference tickets by taking advantage of early bird member pricing of $349 through July 7. In addition, members have access to a VIP Package for $599 that includes tickets to both the VIP Dinner and Cocktail Reception on Nov. 8 at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and the Integr8™ conference on Nov. 9 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The VIP Package is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Integr8™ will advance attendees’ knowledge and understanding of the eight key technologies associated with Industry 4.0: cybersecurity, big data and artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, advanced materials, robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing and modeling, simulation and visualization.

“These are technologies disrupting the manufacturing industry, innovations that will not only reshape the way things are made, but also the way we live,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director. “Our vision in developing Integr8™ was to create a global gathering where ideas are shared, knowledge is transferred and, most importantly, an actionable Industry 4.0 roadmap is created so that companies can begin to implement these technologies on their factory floors.”

Integr8™ attendees will benefit from breakfast and lunch keynote presentations, a technology expo featuring the latest in cutting-edge technologies and breakout sessions focused on advancements in manufacturing, how to overcome obstacles to adoption, financial ROI and blueprints for successful Industry 4.0 implementation. Confirmed speakers include world-renowned manufacturing experts and Industry 4.0 thought leaders from Carnegie Mellon University, Fraunhofer, University of Michigan, General Motors, Omron Automation and more.

To register, sponsor, or inquire about Integr8™ speaking opportunities, visit automationalley.com/integr8.

About Automation Alley
Integr8™ is presented by Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. The mission of Automation Alley is to position Southeast Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically as they keep pace with rapid technological changes in manufacturing.

Community Colleges’ Talent Pool to Play Large Role in Michigan’s Mobility Future

Education and talent experts engaged in a meaningful conversation on how to effectively attract and retain talent for Michigan’s mobility industry at the session titled “Creating the Talent Pipeline for the Mobility Workforce” hosted by Washtenaw Community College and Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) on Thursday.

“We currently have more than 10,000 unfilled mobility jobs across the state that we must really look to fill to be able to compete,” said Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development.

Key Takeways

  • Attracting students to mobility-related career requires more education and easily accessible information.
  • Community colleges are necessary for the success of the auto-mobility industry as talent needs to grow.
  • The private and public sectors must collaborate to provide viable options and resources for students looking for mobility careers.
  • Community colleges offer an increased focus on robotics and supply chain management courses to assist in creating a pipeline for the mobility sector.
  • Improving Michigan’s education system will directly impact the state’s long-term economy.
  • Community colleges must not solely focus on graduation metrics, due to the nature of students and the aggressive needs of the mobility industry.
  • The state of Michigan has a skills gap and digital divide that is leaving thousands of technology-related jobs unfilled and putting more pressure on company’s looking to expand

The panel also included Rose Bellanca, president of Washtenaw Community College and Curtis Ivery, chancellor of Wayne County Community College District. It was moderated by Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK.

Mobility, Collaboration Among Topics Discussed at Governor’s Building the 21st Century Economy Commission Meeting

The Building the 21st Century Economy Commission held its most recent meeting in Detroit at the Chamber on Feb. 22. The Commission, created by Gov. Rick Snyder, has traveled across the state to gain public input from the business community on what needs to be done long-term to grow Michigan’s economy.

The discussion was led by Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah, who chairs the Commission. Chamber Board members Matt Cullen and Sandra Pierce also make up the 15-member Commission.

The day-long event included presentations from featured guests including: Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel; Wright Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System; Eric Larson, CEO of Downtown Detroit Partnership; John McElroy, host of “Autoline Daily”; and Mark Wallace, president and CEO of Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Hackel discussed the possibilities of efficiencies by local government operational consolidations; Lassiter discussed the transformations taking place in health care due to technology; Larson and Wallace discussed the keys to success for urban areas; and McElroy focused on next-generation mobility with his view that Detroit has already prevailed over Silicon Valley in the race to build the autonomous car.

A panel of millennial Ford Motor Co. engineers discussed and shared their thoughts on how young talent want to live, work and play in Michigan.

Several Chamber staff members were on hand for the meeting, including Greg Handel, vice president of education and talent; Roy Lamphier, vice president of health care and business solutions; and Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives.

The Commission plans on presenting its recommendations at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference.