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February 12, 2013: Gov. Jeb Bush Confirmed for Mackinac Policy Conference; Gov. Snyder Addresses Business Community

Governor Jeb Bush Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced former Florida Governor John Ellis “Jeb” Bush as a 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference speaker last week. Bush will provide the opening keynote address at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, sponsored by Meijer. He will focus his address on education reform, immigration reform and economic growth.

Son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush, Governor Bush is considered a leading national voice on the major issues facing the nation. Governor Bush was the 43rd governor of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007 – the only Republican in the state’s history to be re-elected. Currently president of Jeb Bush and Associates, LLC, and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Governor Bush is the co-author of a book titled “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,” scheduled for release later this spring.

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and House Minority Leader Tim Greimel will also take part in the 2013 Conference, bringing a strong Michigan legislative influence to the Conference discussion. For additional information on the Conference agenda, participating speakers and island hotels, visit

Gov. Snyder Discusses Fiscal Responsibility, Michigan’s Momentum During Address to Business Community

The Detroit Regional Chamber hosted Governor Rick Snyder yesterday for an address to the business community at the MGM Grand sponsored by Munder Capital Management. More than 400 attendees were on hand to hear the Governor discuss the importance of keeping up Michigan’s momentum as the comeback state. Gov. Snyder highlighted transportation funding and fiscal responsibility across the board as key factors to the state’s growing successes. He also touted the importance of transportation funding to saving money, creating jobs and saving lives.

“I’m fed up with people ignoring problems,” Snyder said. “It’s easy to say let’s ignore it for a few more years, but that’s not the right thing to do.”

He touched on a number of other state issues, from higher education to Michigan as a right-to-work state to the current state of Detroit and the potential for an emergency manager. Following his speech, Gov. Snyder participated in a question-and-answer session moderated by Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. To view video footage from the event, click here. To read additional coverage in Crain’s, click here.

Matt Cullen of Rock Ventures to Keynote 2013 Detroit Policy Conference

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced Matt Cullen, president and CEO, Rock Ventures LLC, as a keynote speaker at the 2013 Detroit Policy Conference last week. The Conference, held Thursday, February 28 at MotorCity Casino Hotel, will aim showcase Detroit’s continued transformation. Cullen will offer a keynote address focused on the “Opportunity Detroit” community campaign promoting business opportunities in the city.

Last fall, Cullen and the Rock Ventures/Quicken Loans team collaborated with dozens of Detroit business and nonprofit partners to create the Opportunity Detroit commercial showcasing Detroit as a city of opportunity. It since has evolved into a comprehensive community campaign to promote Detroit as an amazing place to live, work, play and invest. Click here to register for your chance to hear from this key business leader and learn how you can be a part of Opportunity Detroit.

Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Membership Maximizer

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber tomorrow for a Membership Maximizer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Airea, Inc. and discover the power of your Chamber membership. Membership Maximizers are new member orientations designed to exhibit the ways Chamber resources have helped take member businesses and careers to new heights. To learn more or to register for this free, Chamber-member exclusive event, click here.

Automation Alley: Detroit Leads in Tech Employment and Innovation

According to a report released by Automation Alley last week, the Detroit region ranks at or near the top in technology employment, education and innovation. The report, titled “From Rust to Resurgence: Detroit’s Regional Technology Economy,” compares 15 regions throughout the U.S. and ranks the Detroit region as number one in three key areas: advanced automotive sector employment; number of people working in architectural and engineering occupations; and number of engineering and engineering technology degrees completed at colleges and universities in the region. To read additional coverage of this report in Crain’s, click here.

Last Chance to Register for Leadership Innovation Workshop, Tomorrow

In the Detroit region and across the country, there is a growing focus on innovation and its importance in the globalized world. Leadership Detroit alumni and business leaders are invited to attend this Leadership Innovation Workshop tomorrow, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at TechTown in Detroit. This full-day workshop is designed to support leaders who have an appetite for generating new ideas into their organizations. To learn more or to register, click here.

Business Leaders for Michigan: Michigan will Grow Faster than U.S. Economy

According to a release from the Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), Michigan’s economy is poised to grow more than the U.S. economy over the next 6 to 18 months. Sixty percent of BLM members said they plan to increase hiring over the next six months and nearly two-thirds added jobs in Michigan last year. This forecast reflects the results of a survey taken by BLM’s 80 executives, who are the largest private sector job providers and represent one-fourth of the state’s economy. To read more about this economic forecast, click here.

Don’t Miss Automation Alley’s 2013 IMPACT Business Conference, Feb. 21

Don’t miss Automation Alley’s annual IMPACT business conference on February 21 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Sterling Inn Conference Center in Sterling Heights. The conference explores what it means to have an impact in today’s business environment, how to take advantage of key resources for business growth and how to connect with clients, colleagues and customers. During this half-day event, attendees will learn new strategies for building business, connect with local businesses to benefit the regional economy and grow resources for success. For more information or to register, click here.