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April 22: Mackinac Policy Conference App Now Available for Registered Attendees; Rush Group’s Andra Rush Advises White House Officials at Business Forward Forum

2014 Mackinac Policy Conference App Now Available for Registered Attendees

The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference app is now available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Exclusive for registered Conference attendees, the app includes several new features, including Twitter integration, a Conference feed with news and agenda updates, and the ability to sync personalized agendas on multiple devices.

Register for the Conference and download the app to be the first to learn about new speaker announcements, agenda updates and offers exclusive to app users. The full Conference attendee list and messaging capability will be available to all app users in May. To view the full Conference agenda and to register, click here.

Rush Group Chairman and CEO Advises White House Officials at Business Forward Forum

Chamber Board member and chairman and CEO of the Rush Group family of companies, Andra Rush, joined national business leaders at the Business Forward Forum in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 17. She advised senior White House and Obama Administration officials on strengthening the economic competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.

Just months after being recognized in President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Rush highlighted how public-private partnerships can use manufacturing jobs to rebuild some of the country’s most challenged communities. She also voiced the importance of helping people transition from public assistance and long-term unemployment to manufacturing jobs. To learn more about the Business Forward program, click here.

Business Attraction Joins Gov. Snyder’s Trade Mission, Promotes Detroit to Companies in Europe

The Chamber’s Business Attraction team, along with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, championed the Detroit region to foreign business leaders during Governor Rick Snyder’s second European trade mission, from March 31 to April 4.

In addition to supporting the planning and execution of the trip, the Chamber attended 13 company meetings. Maureen Krauss, the Chamber’s vice president of economic development – business attraction, joined Alessandro Barberis, president of the Torino Chamber of Commerce, and Governor Snyder at a restaurant in Torino, where the Chamber sponsored a luncheon with 30 key executives.

In making the case for investment in the Detroit region, the Chamber translated its “Michigan is Auto” piece to Italian and German and distributed to all companies it met with on the trip to promote Michigan’s role as the global epicenter of the auto industry. To read more about the efforts of the Business Attraction team, click here.

New York Times Article Debunks Myths from Common Core Critics

In a recent New York Times article, “When the Circus Descends,” David Brooks argues that Common Core standards are a positive step toward improving the national benchmark of educational achievement in the U.S., and touts them as a means to get U.S. students more competitive with their international peers.

Brooks’ argument backs the Chamber’s philosophy, which supports Common Core as an important piece of its key educational reform pillar. The Chamber is part of a coalition of like-minded organizations encouraging the incorporation of Common Core standards, as it would expand the Detroit region’s benchmarks for success and educational competitiveness with other regions around the world. To read Brooks’ article in The New York Times, click here.

Nominations for Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI Due by May 23

The application deadline is fast approaching for Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI, a community leadership program led by the Chamber. Be sure to nominate emerging, high-potential leaders soon, as all applications are due by Friday, May 23.

With more than 1,800 alumni, Leadership Detroit strives to connect leaders through a 10-month program covering key issues such as educational preparedness, arts and culture, race relations, and health and human services. For more information, and to nominate a candidate for the program, click here.

MEDC Aims to Fill over 1,000 Jobs at Inaugural DREAM JOB Summit, June 13

The Chamber is partnering with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) program to host the inaugural Pure Michigan DREAM JOB Summit on Friday, June 13 at Ford Field. This unique event – the state’s largest matchmaking summit – will connect job candidates with over 100 of Michigan’s largest and fastest-growing companies, with the goal of filling over 1,000 jobs. Participating companies will include Ford, Chrysler, GM, Quicken, Whirlpool, Carhartt, Stryker, Shinola and many more. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 30.

Through an innovative matchmaking format, the Summit will pair qualified candidates with available job openings based on skills, experience and employer needs. The Chamber remains a strategic partner with PMBC, connecting leading-edge Michigan companies to the global supply chain to create business growth opportunities in the state. To learn more about the event and to apply, click here.