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February 24: Chamber Applauds Customs Plaza Deal; Watch the Detroit Policy Conference Live

Chamber Applauds Deal to Fund Customs Plaza for New International Trade Crossing

The Detroit Regional Chamber applauds last week’s deal between the United States and Canada to build a new customs plaza in Detroit for the New International Trade Crossing (NITC), marking one of the last hurdles before construction on the bridge begins. This deal would not have been possible without the leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), whose support for the customs plaza provided a major boost in securing the government funding needed to build the critical infrastructure.

The construction of the NITC has been the Chamber’s top public policy priority. Last year, the Chamber hosted U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Peters, Stabenow and other high-ranking officials for a roundtable discussion on customs plazas at high-volume trade crossings.

The NITC is an investment in Michigan’s future that will lead directly to tangible economic growth by boosting trade, creating jobs and strengthening the Michigan and U.S. economies.

Watch the Detroit Policy Conference Live Online; Join the Conversation, #DPC15

Can’t make it to the Detroit Policy Conference? The Detroit Regional Chamber will live stream main stage programming online throughout the day on Feb. 26 beginning at 8:30 a.m. courtesy of Red Level Networks.  To view the free live stream on Thursday, visit Join in on the conversations taking place throughout the day and be part of the dialogue shaping Detroit’s success by using the hashtag #DPC15 on Twitter.

Conference registration is available online or on the day of the event at MotorCity Casino Hotel. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with key members of Detroit city government and hear keynote speeches from Mayor Mike Duggan and urban strategist and bestselling author Peter Kageyama during a day dedicated to Detroit’s success.

In addition to keynote speeches, attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with a number of community influencers during concurrent sessions throughout the Conference. Sessions will focus on topics related to continuing Detroit’s resurgence, including the revitalization of the city’s neighborhoods, entrepreneurship, education reform and regional transportation. For information about the Conference agenda and speakers, and to register, click here.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Doris Kearns Goodwin to Keynote Mackinac Policy Conference

World-renowned presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former presidential adviser Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver a keynote address at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference, held May 26-29 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. This year’s Conference focuses on the pillars of talent, urban revitalization and cohesion.

As one of the world’s leading presidential scholars, Goodwin will share her expertise on the composition of effective leaders. Her insight fits with the Conference pillar of cohesion, which aims to inspire a commitment among Michigan’s leaders to speak with “One Michigan Voice” built on a foundation of shared values and the overarching ethos of “doing well, by doing good.”

Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her award-winning “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” which provided some basis for Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln.” Goodwin also won the Pulitzer Prize in history for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” She also served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House.

Register today to be part of the state’s premier public policy event. Prices increase on March 17. Click here to view updated speaker, agenda or Conference information.

‘CBS This Morning’ Highlights JPMorgan Chase Detroit Investment, Mayor Duggan’s Leadership

“CBS This Morning” recently highlighted Detroit’s resurgence in a story showcasing JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s five-year $100-million investment in the city and the leadership of Mayor Mike Duggan that helped guide Detroit out of bankruptcy.

Since announcing its plan to support the city’s revitalization last year, JPMorgan Chase has spent roughly $34 million to help fix up dilapidated downtown buildings, grow small businesses and support the construction of the M-1 Rail project. In the story, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon credits the mayor’s leadership and highlights the important role of public-private partnerships in building the city’s comeback and improving the lives of people across the region. Click here to read the article.