Tom Walsh: Speed dating sparks supply chain romances

Detroit Free Press: July 14, 2013

Thursday’s round of speed dating at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan headquarters attracted 160 people for 20-minute meet-ups, hoping to hit it off and hook up with people across the table. An earlier speed-dating assembly hosted by Ford Motor attracted 700 people. Officially, the programs are called Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) matchmaking summits.

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Detroit Regional Chamber endorses candidates for city council

Crain’s Detroit Business: July 12, 2013

The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee has backed seven candidates, including three incumbents, for Detroit City Council in the Aug. 6 primary election. Council member James Tate (District 1), council President Saunteel Jenkins (at-large) and President Pro-tem Andre Spivey (District 4) received the PAC’s support, the chamber announced Friday.

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In Case of Emergency: Detroit and Michigan to benefit from Governor Snyder’s bold leadership

The Ripon Forum: July 9, 2013

When I moved to Detroit three years ago, one of the most frequent questions asked was if I planned to run an aggressive marketing campaign to “sell” the Detroit region. I felt then, as I do today, that the best way to fix Detroit’s public relations problem was to fix Detroit’s problems. Fortunately, there has been real and meaningful progress in fixing Detroit’s problems – led primarily by a Republican governor and an engaged private sector with strong partnership from philanthropy.

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“Relentlessly Positive” A Q&A with Rick Snyder

The Ripon Forum: July 9, 2013

Three years ago, businessman Rick Snyder was a virtual unknown in the political world. When he first decided to run for governor, his standing in the polls was so low that taking the margin of error into account, he theoretically could have had negative numbers. Political pundits said there was no way he could compete against the better known field of experienced political rivals.

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Detroit Chamber endorses Duggan for Detroit mayor in write-in campaign

Crain’s Detroit Business: July 2, 2013

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s 26-member political action committee board has endorsed write-in Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan in the primary election.Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah, while declining to say specifically what the vote count was, said Tuesday that the board voted “very strongly for Mike,” who is a former member of the chamber board of directors.

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