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May 8, 2013: Gov. Snyder to Open 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference; Chamber Supports Ballast Water Standards

Gov. Snyder to Open 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, Give Keynote AddressGovernor Rick Snyder returns to the Mackinac Policy Conference once again this year to provide opening remarks at 1:30 p.m. in the Theatre on Wednesday, May 29 at Grand Hotel. This year’s Conference is focused on education and cultural change in the 21st century global market.

Gov. Snyder will also be giving a keynote address sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan on Friday, May 31 at 11 a.m. in order to define Michigan’s path to and progress in becoming more globally and financially competitive. Gov. Snyder will discuss the role regional collaboration plays in the state’s collective growth and prosperity. For a full list of dynamic Conference speakers or an up to date Conference agenda, visit

Detroit Regional Chamber Testifies in Support of Ballast Water Standards

On Monday, the Detroit Regional Chamber testified at a Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee hearing held at the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority in support of Senate Bill 266. SB 266, sponsored by Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville), would allow Michigan to accept the nationally used and accepted ballast water standards put in place by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Michigan’s current ballast water discharge permitting standard for oceangoing vessels accepts only four types of the many available technologies for treating ballast water. When this permit took effect in 2007 the hope was that surrounding Great Lakes States would follow in our footsteps and implement the same standard, but this has failed to happen, all while putting Michigan at a significant competitive disadvantage. Because of Michigan’s ballast water regulations, we have watched business leave ports in Detroit for Toledo and Windsor.

Michigan’s ports are a vital transportation asset that enables Michigan businesses to have access to world markets and SB266 would level the playing field and encourage business and jobs to come back to Michigan while still protecting the Great Lakes. As it is long overdue, Michigan goods will once again be able to be exported from Michigan Ports.

Don’t Miss Small Business: Unlocked Meet the Purchasers, May 15Join the Detroit Regional Chamber for the next session of its Small Business: Unlocked program’s Meet the Purchasers event on Wednesday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to noon at Greektown Casino Hotel in Detroit. Decision-makers from top organizations and governmental agencies will be on hand to discuss the basics of procurement protocol and ways to cut through red tape.  You will hear from representatives from Bedrock Real Estate Services, Comcast Business Class, DTE Energy, Quicken Loans, Michigan Department of Transportation and TACOM LCMC at this can’t-miss event. To learn more or to register, click here.

An Engaging Time You Can Bank on: Rockin’ at the Reserve, June 13Don’t miss the Detroit Regional Chamber’s summer membership reception, Rockin’ at the Reserve taking place on June 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch.  Attendees have the opportunity to yield a strong return on their networking investment and generate sales leads with more than 300 of the region’s top professionals in a fun, after work environment. Click here to learn more and register today for this exclusive Chamber member event.

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