Detroit Regional Chamber and Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Join Effort to Update Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act

Mackinac Island, MI– As business, opinion and policy leaders from across Michigan gather for the 2014 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference, advocates for business from both Detroit and Grand Rapids announced their groups’ support of a recently announced effort to update Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Standing together this morning, the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce officially signed on to become members of the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition.

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White House Designates ADVANCE MICHIGAN for Major Funding Award

DETROIT, Mich.–The Obama administration today announced that Advance Michigan, a 13-county Michigan region anchored by the cities of Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Lansing and Pontiac, has been designated to receive major federal investments aimed at revitalizing manufacturing through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Program (IMCP). The Advance Michigan region was one of roughly a dozen communities designated nationally. All IMCP communities will be eligible for a combined $1.3 billion in federal funding from 16 federal departments and agencies. Some of these funds will be made available to the regions on a competitive basis.

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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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University of Michigan Study: Michigan International Speedway drives economy

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan (May 29, 2014) — Michigan International Speedway’s economic footprint is more than $414 million a year – and on an annual basis, according to a University of Michigan study released today.
Speedway President Roger Curtis released the economic impact figures alongside U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley during the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

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Michigan SOS to offer online services through AAA branches

Detroit Free Press: May 29, 2014

The Michigan Secretary of State is partnering with AAA Michigan to offer some of its online services at local branches.

Computer and printer access to the Secretary of State’s online portal at ExpressSOS.com will be introduced first in AAA Michigan’s centers in downtown Detroit, Livonia and Grand Rapids by early fall and then likely include all AAA Michigan’s 31 sites, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson was to announce today at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

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Mackinac Policy Conference live video: Rick Snyder, Mitch Daniels highlight Thursday schedule

MLive: May 29, 2014

LANSING, MI — The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference continues Thursday at the Grand Hotel, where roughly 1,500 business and political leaders from around Michigan will sit in on sessions and rub elbows on the porch of the Grand Hotel.

Detroit Public Television will broadcast during the event, organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber, and live stream various sessions through noon on Friday.

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Snyder signals support for gay rights

The Detroit News: May 29, 2014

Mackinac Island — Gov. Rick Snyder is encouraging Michigan lawmakers to consider amending the state’s civil rights law to include protections for gays and lesbians.

The Republican governor weighed in on the issue Thursday morning as the Detroit Regional Chamber and Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce called for lawmakers to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Snyder, business leaders call for change in Elliott-Larsen act to include LGBT protection

Crain’s Business Detroit: May 29, 2014

MACKINAC ISLAND — Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday he would like to see lawmakers amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include language about sexual orientation and gender identity before the end of the year.

“I don’t believe in discrimination,” Snyder said in an interview with Crain’s. “I hope that’s something the Legislature will take up sometime this year.”

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Editorial: Fill the auto talent pipeline

The Detroit News: May 29, 2014

MACKINAC ISLAND—The automotive industry thrives on innovation and creativity. And its future promises even more excitement and opportunity as cars and technology become more closely aligned. That’s one of the messages the Detroit Regional Chamber is promoting at its Mackinac Policy Conference this week.

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Michigan governor shakes up political stereotypes

The Detroit News: May 29, 2014

Mackinac Island — There, in the middle of the Grand Hotel’s historic lobby, stood Rick Snyder and his wife, as a Republican backer publicly lashed the would-be governor for taking a rhetorical beating at a candidate forum.

It was a striking scene, four years ago this week. Here was Snyder beginning his long-shot play to launch a sweeping agenda to improve the state’s balance sheet, reform taxes, improve competitiveness and embark on an ambitious bankruptcy-led restructuring of Detroit that is recasting the traditional camps of Republican versus Democrat, city versus suburb.

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