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April 23, 2013: Mackinac Policy Conference Panel Highlights Manufacturing; Chamber, Lt. Gov. Return from Netherlands

2013 Mackinac Policy Conference Panel to Highlight American Manufacturing

The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference discussion will take an in-depth look at manufacturing’s return to the U.S. during a session titled “America’s Backbone: Bringing Manufacturing Back to the U.S.,” on Thursday, May 30. With technological advancements and leaner manufacturing techniques, America’s backbone industry is now becoming cost-competitive with offshore locations. This session, which includes Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, will discuss how this vital industry is successfully bringing more manufacturing operations back to the U.S. For additional information on this session or the current Conference agenda, click here.

Detroit Regional Chamber Participates in Investment Mission to Netherlands with Lt. Gov. Calley

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development, Maureen Krauss, accompanied  Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on a six-day investment mission to the Netherlands last week. Lt. Gov. Calley and the mission delegation held meetings with government officials and business executives focused on key opportunities for business growth in Michigan.

The delegation also devoted time in The Hague, Amsterdam and Zeeland to meet with executives of financial institutions, advanced agricultural production and technology companies. The delegation hosted a meeting with Dutch automotive suppliers, manufacturers, researchers and educators, which included 40 representatives from automotive and high technology firms. The investment mission was instituted by the West Michigan Global Initiative in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, The Right Place, Inc. and the Chamber. For more information on the Netherlands investment mission, click here.

Detroit Regional Chamber Testifies in Support of Michigan Merit Curriculum

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Senior Director for Education and Talent Programs Greg Handel testified at a recent House Education Committee meeting in favor of the current Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements, which are critical to providing students the skills needed to compete for jobs in the 21st century workforce. The current curriculum provides the flexibility for students to pursue their individual training and education goals. Proposals up for debate during the committee meeting would allow alternative classes to count for required credits and would weaken the curriculum.

The Chamber was supportive of these requirements in 2006 and feels the curriculum has accomplished its mission, as high school graduation rates and test scores have increased since its implementation. Support of this curriculum is one of the Chamber’s top 10 public policy initiatives for 2013. For more information on Chamber-backed public policy initiatives, click here. To read additional coverage in MLive, click here.

Detroit Regional Chamber and Torino Chamber of Commerce Come Together to Discuss Auto Industry Links

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction and MICHauto teams kicked off SAE World Congress & Exhibition week in Detroit last week with a special lunch featuring Alessandro Barberis of the Torino Chamber of Commerce. Nearly 60 people attended for Barberis’ discussion of the existing links between Detroit and Torino and future opportunities and endeavors.

Following his presentation, attendees participated in a question-and-answer discussion to better understand what the future holds for the shared automotive industry and the Chambers’ 30-year cooperation agreement fostering collaboration between Torino and the Detroit region. This month, the agreement was updated and soon the Detroit Regional Chamber will house a Torino Help Desk to assist Italian companies looking to do business in the U.S., specifically in Michigan.

Nominate Today: Leadership Detroit Class XXXV Nomination Deadline May 24

Leadership Detroit provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to leadership by creating awareness of key issues that affect the region. This rewarding experience also provides the opportunity to network with more than 1,500 Leadership Detroit alumni and gain the leadership foundation needed to impact change in our communities. If you know someone who would be an ideal candidate for Leadership Detroit, please nominate them as a potential leader and participant in Class XXXV. Applications are due Friday, May 24. Start the process today by clicking here.

Veteran-Friendly Small Businesses: Enter Small Business Tournament of Veteran Champions by May 3

Are you the most veteran-friendly small business in America? If so, enter for your chance to win the Small Business Tournament of Veteran Champions. Small businesses across the country play a vital role in helping veterans find jobs and this tournament is an opportunity to recognize employers that make a significant difference in the lives of veterans. The winning business will receive a public service announcement produced by and aired on Spike TV and be recognized at Spike TV Guys’ Choice Awards, which airs on June 12, 2013. For tournament criteria, eligibility, and how to enter, click here.