‘Planet M’ Goes to Silicon Valley

This month, the state of Michigan, along with the Detroit Regional Chamber and MICHauto, took the state’s “Planet M” initiative on the road to ITS America in San Jose, Calif. to promote Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive and mobility industries.

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Legislative Update: Detroit Public Schools Funding, Energy Reform Discussions Underway

The state Legislature wrapped up its summer session with a rush of activity, passing several major reforms including a $617 million funding package and restructuring plan for Detroit Public Schools. While lacking the breadth of oversight advocated by the Chamber and other business leaders, the legislation provides much-needed debt relief, district and operational reform, and transition funding.

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Leadership Detroit Graduates 69, Honors Positive Changemakers at Commencement

Last week, Leadership Detroit celebrated the commencement of its 37th class, while presenting its annual awards to three alumni who have made a positive impact on the region. Commencement took place at the Garden Theater in Detroit and featured 69 executives from across the region, representing business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

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Snyder: Let’s Write State’s Next Chapter as “One Michigan”

During Michigan’s “Lost Decade,” the state sometimes seemed fated to continue its economic decline. However, a dramatic reinvention, under the leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder, helped create more than 400,000 private-sector jobs and write a new comeback story for Michigan. Today, Snyder used his keynote address to look ahead towards the future, urging Conference attendees to overcome divisions, find solutions and write the state’s next chapter together, as “One Michigan.”

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