Detroit’s Next Panel Highlights Leadership Collaboration to Moving Economic Needle

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Collaboration and consensus serve as the driving force behind the economic upheaval in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan. Whether across the aisle, or across the state, “Detroit Next: Positioned for the Future” panelists acknowledged the interconnected nature of the state’s economy, the necessity to ignore political divisions and the critical importance of supporting Detroit’s success.

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Carl Levin: Stars on the National Stage

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In a poignant moment, the nation’s longest-serving Congressman and fellow retiree John Dingell (D-Dearborn) welcomed his long-time friend and colleague, Senator Carl Levin to Grand Hotel’s theatre as Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah looked on.

After the three presenters praised Senator Levin’s career, highlighting his trademark advocacy and stewardship for Michigan, the Senator Levin took the podium to share his advice for Congress and metro Detroit, with Michigan’s political, business and media leaders looking on.

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The Voices of CNN: Effective Government Leaders Break Gridlock, Not Create It

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Two of America’s foremost political voices took Michigan’s Center Stage during “Across the Isle: Michigan and the Midterms,” to stress the importance of compromise and effective leadership in breaking the partisan gridlock in Congress. Paul W. Smith, host of News/Talk WJR 760 AM, moderated the debate, which included Paul Begala, democratic strategist and CNN political contributor, and S.E. Cupp, host of CNN’s “Crossfire.”

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Governor Snyder: Calls on Michigan Leaders to Support Detroit’s Recovery

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Governor Rick Snyder challenged the Michigan business, government and community leaders at the 2014 Conference to work as collaborative partners in support of the expeditious settlement of Detroit’s bankruptcy. The Governor urged attendees to make a connection between the private and education sectors, as it would give Michigan a strong economic advantage, opportunity to grow and close the skills gap like nowhere else in the nation.

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Former Two-Term Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels: ‘Michigan is Getting its Mojo Back’

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The primary objective of government should be to control spending and balance budgets, while promoting an environment of opportunity that nurtures individual accomplishments and collective success. Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University and former Governor of Indiana, stressed the importance of placing a premium on growing the private economy through responsible government.

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Angel Gambino, Automotive Panel Tout Entrepreneurship and Smart Mobility as Key to Growing Global Footprint and Innovation

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Through the abundance of automotive talent in Detroit, industry and government leaders should combine creative ideas with policies and infrastructure to become a global hub for smart mobility. That was the message delivered by Angel Gambino, owner of The Alchemy, during her keynote remarks in the session “Innovative Entrepreneurial Nexus of the Automotive Industry,”sponsored by PwC.

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Business Leaders Discuss Ways to Strengthen Michigan’s Business Environment

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Michigan has one of the nation’s most attractive business climates, comprised of numerous regions with vibrant urban centers that serve as economic catalysts. Leading executives analyzed their respective regions throughout Michigan, pointing out strengths and discussing necessary next steps during the session “Michigan: Leading the Way,” sponsored by Ford Motor Company.

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