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February 5, 2013: Connection Point Joins MEDC; Mayor Bing to Keynote 2013 Detroit Policy Conference

Connection Point Joins MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Connection Point program has officially joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as part of the Pure Michigan Business Connect portfolio. Founded in 2009 with funding from the Economic Development Administration and New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, Connection Point has made more than $200 million in bid opportunities available to Michigan businesses across 24 industries. Connection Point has partnered with the MEDC since December 2011 at various events, including the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference.

“The Detroit Regional Chamber deserves our thanks for joining us in Pure Michigan Business Connect,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “This commitment will significantly add to the bid opportunities available to Michigan companies.”

The partnership between the two to connect leading-edge Michigan companies to the global supply chain has proved fruitful, leading to the conclusion that the programs could efficiently leverage resources and better serve the state’s economy. The new agreement ensures the work of Connection Point will continue across the state. Moving forward, the Chamber will continue to serve as a strategic partner with the MEDC on Pure Michigan Business Connect and support Connection Point programming in Southeast Michigan. To read additional coverage in Crain’s Detroit Business, click here.

Mayor Dave Bing to  Keynote 2013 Detroit Policy Conference

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will join the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2013 Detroit Policy Conference as a keynote speaker on Thursday, February 28 at MotorCity Casino Hotel. Bing is slated to discuss Detroit’s continued growth and transformation during this special event.

Bing joins an impressive lineup of national and local speakers for the 2013 Conference, which will showcase Detroit’s continued transformation by inviting public and private sector leaders to share their expertise and inspire innovative solutions that encourage urban revitalization. For more information on speakers, the Conference agenda or to register, click here.

Gov. Snyder to Address Business Community at Exclusive Chamber Event, Feb. 11

Detroit Regional Chamber members are invited to attend The State of Michigan Business: A Conversation Over Lunch with Gov. Snyder on Monday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MGM Grand in Detroit. Attendees will hear directly from Gov. Snyder on issues that matter most to businesses. Following this special business-focused address, there will be a moderated question-and-answer session. To learn more or to register for this member-exclusive event, click here.

Mayor Bing Thanks Business Community, Asks for More Support in Celebrating Detroit’s Assets, Successes

Last Tuesday, the Detroit Regional Chamber welcomed Mayor Dave Bing for a special roundtable with more than 50 business leaders, outlining his goals for the city. During the hour-long event, the Mayor charted the progress made under his administration and provided a candid assessment of the city’s state of affairs. He thanked the business community for its continued investment and commitment to the Motor City and encouraged attendees to spread the word about the positive things under way in Detroit. Following his address, the Mayor held a 30-minute question-and-answer session.

Wall Street Journal Highlights Dan Gilbert’s Downtown Developments

The Wall Street Journal highlighted Detroit mogul Dan Gilbert last week and his methodic efforts to strategically bring in retail and residential business to downtown Detroit. The article mentions the recent acquisition of a $25 million federal grant to build a public-private light rail along Woodward Avenue and the progress Little Caesar’s Pizza founder Mike Ilitch has made spurring a thriving entertainment district in the city. To read the full article, click here.

Health Care’s Race Ahead: 2013 Health Care Leaders Forum, March 21

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber for the 2013 Health Care Leaders Forum on Thursday, March 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch as some of the nation’s top health care thought leaders examine the current direction of reform and the fast pace of transformation that lies ahead.

Speakers will highlight the rapidly changing health care landscape, its effect on employers, and the obstacles and straightaways that lie ahead. During the forum discussions, participants will also focus on controlling costs, improving quality, driving real value, and the effect of healthier workers on the region’s economic competitiveness. Click here to learn more and register for this can’t-miss event.

Register Today for Automation Alley’s IMPACT 2013, Feb. 21

Don’t miss the 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.

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