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August 27, 2013: ‘Morning Joe’ Live from Detroit Thursday; Inaugural Michigan Automotive Summit Less Than a Month Away

‘Morning Joe’ Continuing Detroit Conversation with Broadcast at Ford Flat Rock Plant In continuing the national conversation on Detroit, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program is set to broadcast on Thursday from Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant in Flat Rock. “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough teased the trip to Detroit while appearing at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference and are returning to Michigan to focus their three-hour news show on Detroit’s turnaround.

Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah is slated to appear as a guest at approximately 7:40 a.m. as the morning news show explores Detroit’s bankruptcy and other issues impacting the city and region.

To read more about the broadcast, click here.

Michigan Automotive Summit Less Than a Month Away

MICHauto’s inaugural Michigan Automotive Summit is less than a month away. Scheduled for Wednesday, September 25 at COBO Center, the first-of-its-kind event will bring together original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, academic institutions, government and nonprofit organizations to build on the state’s automotive foundation.

Opening with Governor Rick Snyder, the Summit features a powerhouse lineup that already includes:

  • Dan Akerson, Chairman and CEO, General Motors (In partnership with Inforum Center for Leadership)
  • Jay Baron, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
  • John McElroy, Host, “Autoline Detroit”
  • Osamu “Simon” Nagata, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing N.A., Inc.

The daylong event will highlight Michigan’s automotive capabilities and expertise, discuss industry growth opportunities, and touch on the necessity to capitalize on – and maintain – the state’s role as the epicenter of the global automotive industry.

Register today and visit for additional speaker information and agenda details.

Make a Difference, Serve on a Charter School Board

Charter schools across Detroit are looking for leaders who are willing to answer the call to public service and take a unique opportunity to change the lives of young people in Detroit. In response to this need, the Detroit Regional Chamber is launching an exciting new program to help leaders become better prepared to serve on a charter school board.

Attend Bagels & Boards Informational Breakfast on Thursday, September 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. at University Preparatory Math and Science Academy for your chance to hear from current charter school leaders, board members and others on whether service on a charter school board might be a good fit for you. Learn more and register today.

MICHauto’s ‘Michigan is Auto’ Piece Wins MEDA Award

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program received a prestigious Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) award last week for its “Michigan is Auto” marketing piece. The Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development-Business Attraction Maureen Krauss and MICHauto Program Manager Rob Luce were on hand for the award presentation during the MEDA’s annual conference at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

The “Michigan is Auto” report took first place in the printed materials category for regions with a population of more than 500,000. Released in January, and distributed at the North American International Auto Show, “Michigan is Auto” is a substantive report detailing Michigan’s automotive assets and overall business climate. The 20-page piece is being used by the Chamber’s team to attract business and investment to the region and is available for economic developers throughout the state for their business attraction efforts. For more information, visit