Chamber CEO Highlights Detroit’s Progress on WXYZ

From: WXYZ

February 26, 2015

Detroit Regional Chamber President & CEO Sandy Barauh was one of the first guests in WXYZ’s new downtown studio to talk about the city’s progress and the innovative solutions discussed at the 2015 Detroit Policy Conference.

Creative Many Michigan House to take residence at 2015 SXSW Festival

DETROIT – “Michigan Made” is heading to Texas. This March during the South by Southwest Music, Film, and Interactive Conference and Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, a collection of Michigan organi-zations, companies, artists and musicians will form the first Creative Many Michigan House. Partners include ArtPrize, AMI Entertainment, Clark Hill PLC, Creative Many Michigan, Downtown Detroit Part-nership, Masco Corporation Foundation, Meijer, Michigan Film Office, Opportunity Detroit, Start Gar-den and many others.

The Creative Many Michigan House will be a home away from home for the Great Lakes State’s hard-earned style and legacy of creativity. Outfitted in an expertly curated collection of Michigan-Made fur-niture, art and design, the House will serve as the host site for four days of Michigan-centric program-ming, dialogue, connecting and music.

Spearheaded by Creative Many Michigan and curated by Middle West, the house will be a megaphone with which to spread word of the state’s creativity and ingenuity. “Michigan’s creative and design in-dustries are a powerful driver in our state’s economy, contributing nearly $3.6 billion in wages with more than 74,000 jobs in 9,758 businesses. The house will be a great platform for us to bring visibility to the economic opportunities across Michigan’s creative industries and cultivate growth prospects, resources and networks for creative jobs and business growth,” noted Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of Creative Many Michigan.

Led by partners from both the east and west side, the Creative Many Michigan House will be a launch-ing pad for some true statewide collaboration. From the excitement surrounding Detroit’s transfor-mation into a high-tech city to the cultural emergence of Grand Rapids to the continuing growth along the lakeshores, it will be an ideal location to tell the state’s many stories.

”The crowd at SXSW is full of highly energetic and creative thinkers, which is exactly the type of crowd we are attracting to Detroit,” said Rock Ventures Vice President Lisa Dancsok. “Taking Opportunity De-troit to a national event like this will continue to charge the momentum Detroit is gaining as growing community of innovators that have chosen Detroit as their home.”

Taking place from March 16 through 19, 2015, the house will be a hive of activity with panel discus-sions, meet and greets, artist showings and, because it’s during SXSW, a lot of music. ArtPrize will hold live recording sessions at the house. Said Christian Gaines, Executive Director of ArtPrize, “A world-renowned confluence of talented people, innovative companies and emerging ideas, the SXSW is a re-ally effective cross-media platform to reach the entire creative community, and the Michigan House at SXSW is a great vehicle to achieve that end. We’re very excited to be involved.”

“The creative electricity that we see everyday needs to be on display on a stage like SXSW,” said Mid-dle West Co-Creator Ted Velie. “We’ve put on pop-up events around the state in hopes of letting peo-ple know the great things being made all around them. It’s time to take that message national.”

For more information visit and follow @shopmiddlewest on Instagram and Twitter. The Creative Many Michigan House will take place March 16 through 19 in Austin, Texas.

About Creative Many Michigan
Creative Many Michigan, formerly ArtServe Michigan, is the statewide economic development organization fo-cused on the mission to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Creative Many Michigan emphasizes the power of creativity through advocacy/public policy, re-search/reporting, professional practice programs, strategic communications and networking for the greater good of the arts, culture and creative and design industries. Visit us at

About Middle West
Hard-Earned Style – it’s the name we’ve given to the connective thread running through the finest goods made in Michigan. More than any aesthetic similarity, it’s an essential element that says simply, “good work is what we do.” Middle West creates event-driven, expertly curated, pop-up environments of Michigan made products. We create a place that Hard-Earned Style can call home. Visit us at

Do You Love Your City?

From: WDET

February 24, 2015

Detroit Policy Conference Keynote Peter Kageyama was on WDET to discuss residents’ relationships with cities, including how these relationships can improve and what it takes to truly love your city.

February 24: Chamber Applauds Customs Plaza Deal; Watch the Detroit Policy Conference Live

Chamber Applauds Deal to Fund Customs Plaza for New International Trade Crossing

The Detroit Regional Chamber applauds last week’s deal between the United States and Canada to build a new customs plaza in Detroit for the New International Trade Crossing (NITC), marking one of the last hurdles before construction on the bridge begins. This deal would not have been possible without the leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), whose support for the customs plaza provided a major boost in securing the government funding needed to build the critical infrastructure.

The construction of the NITC has been the Chamber’s top public policy priority. Last year, the Chamber hosted U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Peters, Stabenow and other high-ranking officials for a roundtable discussion on customs plazas at high-volume trade crossings.

The NITC is an investment in Michigan’s future that will lead directly to tangible economic growth by boosting trade, creating jobs and strengthening the Michigan and U.S. economies.

Watch the Detroit Policy Conference Live Online; Join the Conversation, #DPC15

Can’t make it to the Detroit Policy Conference? The Detroit Regional Chamber will live stream main stage programming online throughout the day on Feb. 26 beginning at 8:30 a.m. courtesy of Red Level Networks.  To view the free live stream on Thursday, visit Join in on the conversations taking place throughout the day and be part of the dialogue shaping Detroit’s success by using the hashtag #DPC15 on Twitter.

Conference registration is available online or on the day of the event at MotorCity Casino Hotel. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with key members of Detroit city government and hear keynote speeches from Mayor Mike Duggan and urban strategist and bestselling author Peter Kageyama during a day dedicated to Detroit’s success.

In addition to keynote speeches, attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with a number of community influencers during concurrent sessions throughout the Conference. Sessions will focus on topics related to continuing Detroit’s resurgence, including the revitalization of the city’s neighborhoods, entrepreneurship, education reform and regional transportation. For information about the Conference agenda and speakers, and to register, click here.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Doris Kearns Goodwin to Keynote Mackinac Policy Conference

World-renowned presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former presidential adviser Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver a keynote address at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference, held May 26-29 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. This year’s Conference focuses on the pillars of talent, urban revitalization and cohesion.

As one of the world’s leading presidential scholars, Goodwin will share her expertise on the composition of effective leaders. Her insight fits with the Conference pillar of cohesion, which aims to inspire a commitment among Michigan’s leaders to speak with “One Michigan Voice” built on a foundation of shared values and the overarching ethos of “doing well, by doing good.”

Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her award-winning “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” which provided some basis for Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln.” Goodwin also won the Pulitzer Prize in history for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” She also served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House.

Register today to be part of the state’s premier public policy event. Prices increase on March 17. Click here to view updated speaker, agenda or Conference information.

‘CBS This Morning’ Highlights JPMorgan Chase Detroit Investment, Mayor Duggan’s Leadership

“CBS This Morning” recently highlighted Detroit’s resurgence in a story showcasing JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s five-year $100-million investment in the city and the leadership of Mayor Mike Duggan that helped guide Detroit out of bankruptcy.

Since announcing its plan to support the city’s revitalization last year, JPMorgan Chase has spent roughly $34 million to help fix up dilapidated downtown buildings, grow small businesses and support the construction of the M-1 Rail project. In the story, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon credits the mayor’s leadership and highlights the important role of public-private partnerships in building the city’s comeback and improving the lives of people across the region. Click here to read the article.

Hickey & Associates Legislative and Incentives Update

Hickey & Associates, a global site selection, public incentive advisory, and labor analytics firm, with offices nationally, including Detroit, has released it’s most recent national legislative and incentives update from this past year, with an emphasis on activities related on economic development. We also included a preview of legislation and policies that are expected to be introduced in upcoming legislative sessions in 2015. It provides an interesting comparison of what other States are doing compared to Michigan. States are placing more focus on transparency and taxpayer return on investment for economic incentives, which is only expected to increase in priority, including here in Michigan.

Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Competition to Award more than $450,000 for Best Use of Tech

Comcast Business’ National Program for Startups and Entrepreneurs Returns after Successful Inaugural Campaign

Comcast Business announced that for the second consecutive year the company will seek out the nation’s most innovative startup companies and entrepreneurs to compete in the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition. Contest applicants must submit a 250-word essay explaining how they would use $30,000 in technology investment to enhance their business.

Startups and entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit to submit their application and essay and review the full program details. Entries are due by March 15, 2015. Last year’s winners came from a wide range of industries; including a women’s clothing designer from Delaware, a healthcare management company from Maryland, a business video producer from California, a mobile pet grooming service from Texas, a knitting materials supplier from Georgia and an animal hospital from Florida.

“Startups and entrepreneurs play a critical role in driving our nation’s economy and creating new jobs, and we want to recognize and assist startups and small businesses that are using technology to make a difference for their customers, employees and our economy,” said Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business. “The Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs program is designed to take the next step in innovation and continue to grow their business.”

Entries will be judged and two winners will be selected in each of the 16 Comcast Business Regions: one winner for startup companies (in business less than two years) and one winner for entrepreneurs (in business for more than two years). The 32 regional winners will each earn $10,000 in cash.

From the regional winners, six grand prize winners will be selected – three startups and three entrepreneurs – who will earn an additional $20,000 in cash, plus a trip to Philadelphia and business advice from industry experts, including Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, Wharton entrepreneurship lecturer and DreamIt Ventures’ Director Patrick Fitzgerald, Comcast Chief Development Officer Sam Schwartz, and Managing Director of Comcast Ventures Louis Toth.

Regional winners will be notified beginning the week of April 8, 2015. Public voting for the 32 regional winners will be held April 27 – May 10, 2015. The six grand prize winners will be announced the week of June 1, 2015 with an awards event planned for August 2015.

About Comcast Business
Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.

For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow us on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at

Physicians Organization welcomes new CPT code 99490 to reimburse physician-led, non-face to face clinical care for elderly patients with multiple chronic conditions

Rochester, Mich. – Feb. 19, 2015 –MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS), a Michigan-based healthcare management organization serving the infrastructure and clinical support needs of private practice physicians and behavioral health specialists, is taking extra steps to ensure its physician members are using the new CPT code 99490 to obtain the appropriate reimbursement when they or a member of their clinical team provide non face-to-face care in the category of Chronic Care Management (CCM) services.

CMM and chronic care monitoring are an increasing focus for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as the growing Medicare population seeks treatment for multiple chronic conditions, according to Ewa Matuszewski, CEO of MNOHS.

“Effective January 1, CMS began reimbursing physicians on a per-beneficiary, per-month payment of $40.39 for non-face to face CCM services provided to patients with two or more significant chronic conditions,” Matuszewski said. “We want to make sure our physician members start getting reimbursed for these services, many of whom have been offering the services for years without being properly reimbursed. The introduction of CPT code 99490 rightly changes that.”

Covered CMM services under code 99490 which require the physician practice to have a functioning electronic medical records system, are defined as at least 20 minutes of clinical time directed by a physician or other qualified health care professional where the patient’s chronic conditions will likely last for 12 months or until the patient’s death. Such services are comprehensive and may include, but are not limited to, development and assessment of a patient’s care plan; ensuring the patient’s timely receipt of preventive care services; and medication reconciliation, with a review of adherence and potential medication interactions. Matuszewski says the new code represents a turning point of sorts in health care.

“The added significance of code 99490 is it recognizes that many types of care provided to the elderly population with multiple chronic conditions are best handled by clinicians such as dietitians, nurses, social workers or behavioral health specialists working as part of a team under the direction of a physician,” Matuszewski said. “Primary care physicians are increasingly looking at team based care as the most effective way to provide high quality, comprehensive care and CMS is responding.”

MedNetOne has created a toolkit to train and educate its members on the proper use of CPT 99490 and is also providing on-site instruction when members of its own clinical teams visit physician members.

“CPT 99490 is long overdue and, when submitted correctly, gives physicians the reimbursement they earn for the complex treatment they and their clinical teams provide to their seriously, chronically ill geriatric patients.”

About MedNetOne Health Solutions:
MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS), a leader in advancing the development and implementation of the Patient-Centered Medial Home (PCMH), is a health care management organization for primary and specialty care physicians and behavioral health specialists that provides administrative infrastructure and clinical support and programming to develop and sustain high performing, patient-centric practices while meeting government healthcare reform mandates. Learn more at

Chamber Wins Economic Development Partner of the Year Award

Macomb County Lauds Economic Development Partnership with Detroit Chamber

The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development awarded the Detroit Regional Chamber its “Economic Development Partner of the Year” award on Feb. 10 during its annual Business Awards.

The award was presented to the Chamber for its business attraction efforts in Macomb County during 2014.

“The economic development team at the Detroit Regional Chamber is an indispensable partner,” said Stephen Cassin, executive director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development.

“They assist us through business-lead generation, site selection events, hosting foreign trade delegations, trade missions and regional marketing. We are very grateful for this partnership,” he added.

One example of collaboration in the past year involved the Chamber’s participation at the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) annual meeting and expo in Washington, D.C. to market the region’s assets, located in Macomb County’s defense corridor, to more than 500 key military leaders.

Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development, accepted the award on behalf of the Chamber.

“Economic development is a team sport and we work very closely to bring new opportunities for business investment and jobs to the communities and residents of the county. It confirms that our regional partnership is working, and we are thankful for the recognition from our partners in Macomb County,” Krauss said.

Regional collaboration is one of the Chamber’s key strategic pillars, bringing together public and private partners to collaborate in economic development strategies to move the Detroit region forward.

Doris Kearns Goodwin to give keynote address at Mackinac Policy Conference

From: Crain’s Detroit Business

February 19, 2015

Doris Kearns Goodwin, the presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former presidential adviser, will deliver a keynote address at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference, scheduled for May 26-29 on Mackinac Island.

Goodwin will share her expertise on the composition of effective leaders.

She is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Goodwin also won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

She also served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs