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February 18: Full Detroit Policy Conference Agenda Now Available; Concurrent Sessions Packed with Change-Makers

Full Detroit Policy Conference Agenda Now Available, Less Than Two Weeks Away

The full agenda is now available for the Detroit Policy Conference that will take place on Thursday, February 27. Hundreds of regional business, political and community leaders will come together at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit to strategize about shaping Detroit’s next chapter.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the members of the new Detroit City Council and hear keynote speeches from respected leaders, including Mike Duggan, mayor of Detroit; Candy Chang, TED senior fellow and urban space artist and designer; and Thomas Sugrue, David Boies professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Be sure to register for the Conference to play an engaged role in the future of Detroit’s business landscape. For full information about the Conference and to register, click here.

Detroit Policy Conference Concurrent Sessions Packed with Change-Makers

In addition to keynote speeches, Detroit Policy Conference attendees will have the opportunity to engage with a number of big names during concurrent sessions throughout the event. Sessions will focus on a number of topics related to the continued growth of Detroit’s business landscape, including the revitalization of Detroit’s neighborhoods, entrepreneurship, investing in Detroit, regional collaboration, small business resources and diversification of industry.

A strong lineup of speakers will participate in these discussions, including:

  • James Craig, Chief of Police, Detroit Police Department
  • Phil Cooley, Co-Owner, Slows Bar BQ
  • George Jackson, President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Tom Wilson, President and CEO, Olympia Entertainment
  • Sheila Cockrel, President, Crossroads Consulting Group; Former Councilwoman, City of Detroit
  • Mark Hackel, County Executive, Macomb County
  • Dan Carmody, President, Eastern Market Corporation
  • Linglong He, CIO, Quicken Loans
  • Dave Egner, Executive Director, New Economy Initiative
  • Don Graves, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Treasury

To view the complete Conference agenda, including speakers and sessions, click here.

Congressman Peters Introduces Measure to Construct NITC Customs Plaza in Southeast Michigan

Congressman Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) introduced the Customs Plaza Construction Act of 2014, a measure to construct a Federal Customs Plazas for the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) at the U.S. – Canada border. The customs plaza project is a critical step for the NITC, the most important infrastructure project in North America. The Chamber has been a long-standing supporter of the new crossing because it will create thousands of jobs, attract investment and bolster Michigan’s position as a hub for the global supply chain.

The customs plaza project has bipartisan support and has been endorsed by Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit Regional Chamber. To read more about the project, click here.

Be the Voice of Business in Reinventing Performance in Michigan Survey

Through Governor Rick Snyder’s “Reinventing Performance in Michigan” initiative, the state of Michigan is conducting a survey of a select group of businesses. Chamber members and business professionals are encouraged to share their opinions about Michigan’s regulatory system to help improve the delivery of services.

Surveys must be completed by Tuesday, February 25. Please click here to open the survey, which will require approximately ten minutes to complete.

Feedback aggregated with the survey responses of other customers will provide important insights into ways to improve the regulatory process, agencies and overall regulatory climate. Results will also provide insight on how the regulatory process and requirements affect perception of Michigan as a place to conduct business. For more information, click here.

Learn How to Maximize Your Membership at the Membership Maximizer, March 4

The Chamber is hosting a Membership Maximizer on Tuesday, March 4 to help new and standing members discover ways to get the most out of their membership. Taking place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at R.U.B. BBQ Pub in downtown Detroit, attendees will hear first-hand from other Chamber members how to leverage Chamber membership to take their business and careers to new heights. Chamber staff members will also be present to provide an insider overview of Chamber programs and events. For more information and to register, click here.    

App Made in Detroit: WaitTime Aims to Help Restaurants Reach Efficiency Goals

Bizdom is rolling out a startup called WaitTime, which will help people discover wait times at restaurants just as easily as looking up their websites. WaitTime just launched a software plug-in that allows a business to broadcast its wait times for service in real-time to their website, mobile app or digital signage. It’s available for eateries and any other retail or professional service business that might have a line.

WaitTime is being launched by co-founders Zachary Klima and Craig Bisson as a software service with a free two-month trial to start. The software will provide the digital wait times and also an analysis of factors such as how customers go through a business and how long they wait, assigning restaurants with report cards to gauge efficiency. To read more, click here.