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April 15: Chamber Congratulates Free Press’ Stephen Henderson for Winning 2014 Pulitzer Prize; Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to Speak at Mackinac Policy Conference

Congratulations to Detroit Free Press’ Stephen Henderson for Winning 2014 Pulitzer Prize

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press for winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Henderson’s work in the Free Press examining Detroit’s fiscal crisis heading into a historic bankruptcy demonstrates the critical role that media leaders play in the community. The award confirms for a national audience what the Detroit region sees every day – Henderson is a unique talent who performs at the top of his trade. The city, region and state are better off due to his work and leadership.

The Chamber is proud to call Stephen a friend and congratulate him, his family and his colleagues at the Free Press on this amazing and well-deserved accomplishment.

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Added as Mackinac Policy Conference Keynote, May 29

The Chamber has added Mitch Daniels, former Governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference on Thursday, May 29 at Grand Hotel. The Conference, taking place from May 27-30, will highlight the pillars of entrepreneurship, education and impact.

Following his two terms as the highly acclaimed Governor of Indiana, Daniels became president of Purdue University in 2013. Since taking office, he announced ten initiatives as major priorities of his administration, known as “Purdue Moves,” focusing on STEM leadership, world-changing research, transformative education, and affordability and accessibility. He has pledged to keep a Purdue education within reach for students and their families, and has enacted a two-year tuition freeze with plans to extend that freeze through at least 2015-16.

Daniels joins a growing lineup of impactful Conference speakers, including:

  • Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup Inc.; Author, “The Coming Jobs War”
  • Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Author, “David and Goliath”
  • Joel Klein, CEO, Educational Division, News Corporation; Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • Kevyn Orr, Emergency Manager, City of Detroit
  • Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

To view more information on the Conference, including agenda updates and speaker biographies, and to register, click here.

Gov. Snyder Signs Chamber-Supported Scrap Metal Legislation Into Law

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation advocated by the Chamber that will curb the efforts of scrap metal thieves to cash in on stolen items. The signing of the Scrap Metal Regulatory Act completes a nearly four-year effort to combat scrap metal theft, widely cited as a motive for destructive vandalism in Detroit.

The legislation originally passed the Michigan House of Representatives with a 98-12 vote, as well as the Senate, approved 31 votes to six. The Chamber advocacy team has been a long-time supporter of the passage of a substantive piece of legislation and tougher scrap metal regulations, as has Mayor Mike Duggan, the Detroit Crime Commission and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

In Michigan, especially Detroit, thieves have targeted abandoned dwellings, construction sites and even occupied premises to strip copper wiring, plumbing and air conditioners.

Legislation will regulate the sales of stolen catalytic converters, copper wire and air conditioning units by prohibiting scrapyards from offering cash payments greater than $25. It also requires scrapyards to take pictures of their customers and add them to a database, making it easier for police to track down thieves. To read more about the impact of the bill, click here.

Registration Now Open for ‘THE BIG M’ Event at Cobo Center, June 9-12

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ THE BIG M event, to be held from June 9-12 at Cobo Center, will showcase the latest in advanced manufacturing trends to inform industry leaders and educators. The Chamber is a strategic partner for the event, continuing its efforts to promote the region as the worldwide leader in automotive manufacturing.

THE BIG M event is positioned to highlight and educate on key manufacturing topics through exhibits, conference sessions featuring industry experts, company tours and demonstrations. It will showcase advanced technologies and processes, such as cybersecurity, advanced materials, 3-D printing and modeling. Attendees will hear speakers from General Electric, Ford, Steelcase, Siemens AG and Dow Chemical, among others, as the event communicates a strong message to the marketplace about innovation and technology. For more information on the event and to register, click here.