Cluster Highlight: Food and Agriculture

Economic Development Newsletter, August 2013:

Detroit has the most progressive agriculture movement in the country, according to Whole Foods Market CEO Walter Robb. The combination of a strong food processing and manufacturing agricultural presence with budding entrepreneurial, niche and ethnic food markets has created a unique growth environment in Southeast Michigan.

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Detroit Region Ranks 10th in Nation in Patents Granted

Economic Development Newsletter, August 2013:

Innovation is critical to succeeding in the global market. In this hypercompetitive world, the number of patents granted stands as a key measure in demonstrating the intellectual investment in the Detroit region. Michigan continues to thrive in this field, ranking 7th in the number of patents granted in 2012.

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Business Attraction Following Up on Leads at Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference

Economic Development Newsletter, August 2013:

On July 31, the Business Attraction team attended the Military Vehicles Exhibition and Conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit resulting in two leads of companies interested in locating a sales offices and future manufacturing within the Detroit region. The companies – part of the 58 exhibitors the team visited – both are interested in connecting better with the region’s defense, auto and aerospace industries.

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Calling Innovative Automotive Suppliers; Apply Today for PACE Awards, Aug. 30

Economic Development Newsletter, August 2013:

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program is collaborating with the 2014 Automotive News Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence (PACE) Awards, held on April 7, 2014 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The PACE Awards, established in 1994, honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers.

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Regional Partners Host Location Consultants at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 Event

Economic Development Newsletter, August 2013:

Business Attraction joined key regional partners in hosting 14 national location consultants and 17 CEOs at the Third Pure Michigan Test Drive Site Consultant Event on August 16-18. The visit included a community tour, VIP access to the racetrack and numerous other engaging activities touting the region.

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Innostate, Pure Michigan Business Connect Introduce General Electric Global Research to Southeast Michigan’s Advanced Manufacturers

Economic Development Newsletter, August, 2013:

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Innostate program partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) program to facilitate a two-day visit to suppliers in Southeast Michigan by General Electric Global Research last month. As part of the effort, 13 pre-selected companies traveled to GE’s Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center in Van Buren Township and toured the manufacturer’s shop floor.

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MICHauto Partners with MEDC to Highlight State’s Role as Global Automotive Hub at MBS

Economic Development Newsletter, August, 2013:

The Chamber’s MICHauto team recently traveled to the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) in Traverse City to showcase the Detroit region’s dynamic automotive sector to key industry leaders from around the globe. MICHauto partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to ensure Michigan was well represented as industry leaders discussed current and future trends.

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Governor Rick Snyder to Open the 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit

Economic Development Newsletter, August 2013:

This past week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program announced Governor Rick Snyder as the opening keynote speaker at the 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit on Wednesday, September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at COBO Center. The daylong event will highlight Michigan’s automotive capabilities and expertise, discuss industry growth opportunities, and touch on the necessity to capitalize on – and maintain – the state’s role as the epicenter of the global automotive industry

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