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April 16, 2013: NITC Permit Clears Way for Growth, Jobs; Chamber Registering Students for Detroit Scholarship Fund

NITC Presidential Permit Approval Clears Way for Growth, Jobs

The Detroit Regional Chamber joined business, community and business leaders at Governor Rick Snyder’s press event last week announcing the passage of the presidential permit for the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) at James Group International in Detroit. Construction of the NITC hinged on the approval of the permit and the project is now poised to move forward creating tens of thousands of jobs and bolstering Michigan’s position in the global economy.

“This approval is a huge win for Detroit, for Michigan and the entire region. The presidential permit was a critical step in completing the most important infrastructure project in North America and maintaining one of the busiest and most important global supply chains. We applaud the Governor for his leadership on this issue and his efforts to build a brighter future for Michigan,” said Brad Williams, the Chamber’s vice president of government relations.

Williams joined Governor Snyder, Lt. Governor Brian Calley and other political and business leaders from both sides of the Detroit-Windsor border who have worked in support of the project. Click to read additional coverage in the Detroit News or click to read Tom Walsh’s column in the Detroit Free Press on why the NITC is an opportunity the region must capitalize on.

Detroit Regional Chamber Now Registering Students for New Detroit Scholarship Fund

In June of 2011, Governor Rick Snyder announced a plan to provide every young person in Detroit with financial assistance toward a two-year associate degree or technical certificate. As a result, the Detroit Regional Chamber is now taking the lead role in administering a new scholarship, the Detroit Scholarship Fund (DSF), which is available to spring 2013 graduates of any Detroit high school. This includes students graduating from schools operated by Detroit Public Schools and the Education Achievement Authority, as well as self-governing, charter, private, alternative and parochial schools.

The DSF is a “last dollar” scholarship that will cover any difference between the full cost of tuition plus mandatory fees and the amount of Pell and state Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) grants offered to students to attend any of the five community colleges in the tri-county area. The Chamber is drawing on more than 20 years of experience administering the Detroit Compact to create and implement this new scholarship program. For more information about the DSF, click here. To read additional coverage in the Detroit News, click here.

Nancy Schlichting Names One of Top 25 Women in Health Care by Modern Healthcare

Henry Ford Health System CEO and Detroit Regional Chamber Board Chair Nancy Schlichting was recently named one of the top 25 women in health care by Modern Healthcare. Schlichting is credited with the financial turnaround of Henry Ford Health System and accepted the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award on behalf of the organization in 2011. To read more, click here.

Register Today for Connections & Cocktails, May 9

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Small Business: Unlocked programming for Connections & Cocktails on Thursday, May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fountain Bistro in Detroit. Take this opportunity to interact with potential clients and business professionals in a casual, after work environment. For more information on this or any other Small Business: Unlocked event, click here. To register, click here.

Meet Top Companies, Organizations at Small Business: Unlocked Meet the Purchasers, May 15

The Detroit Regional Chamber encourages you to attend 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 Comcast Business Class and DTE Energy at this can’t-miss event. To learn more or to register, click here.

Take Advantage of Exclusive Chamber Member Savings Program with Office Depot

Take advantage of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Office Depot program today and receive at least a 5 percent discount on almost everything Office Depot sells and as much as 60 percent on the items your business needs most. Plus, the Chamber is helping your business spring into the season with these discounted recycled products designed to help your business become more eco-friendly in addition to a $10 Starbucks gift card with your qualifying purchase of $50 or more on Scotch or Post-it brand products. To learn more about the Chamber’s member savings program with Office Depot, click here.