Leading the Way in Regional Collaboration
The Detroit Regional Chamber is recognized by the business, government and civic communities as a leader in regional collaboration. Whether it is bringing together government leaders to work together on issues or regional stakeholders to drive initiatives, the Chamber plays a central role by acting as a platform for problem solving and uniting individuals to share ideas to impact Michigan’s turnaround.
A Regional Approach to Economic Development
The Chamber is known for convening leaders of economic development entities representing the city of Detroit and Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties to collaborate in new ways on economic development strategy. The result is a new, shared, collaborative, transparent approach to economic development.
Connecting East and West for Statewide Collaboration
Increasing collaboration across the state is a key priority at the Chamber, which has partnered with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce to facilitate greater ties between East and West Michigan. As part of this effort to strengthen relationships between the two regions, a Detroit-area delegation of business leaders visited Grand Rapids in September 2011 followed by a visit of West Michigan business leaders to Detroit in April 2012.
Pure Michigan Business Connect
Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is a public-private initiative created to uncover and develop new business opportunities and support services for Michigan companies. This multifaceted program helps Michigan companies connect to new procurement and research and development opportunities through matchmaking summits and PureMichiganB2B.com, a dynamic online marketplace with more than 11,000 registered Michigan companies.
Through its matchmaking summits, the program has managed more than 20 visits from global purchasers, netting more than $230 million in bid opportunities, and $17 million in contracts for Michigan companies. Additionally, PMBC has worked with some of Michigan’s largest purchasers to initiate in-state procurement pledges of $850 million.