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March 11: Iconic William Clay Ford Sr. Will be Greatly Missed, Legacy Cemented as Michigan Pillar

Iconic William Clay Ford Sr. Will be Greatly Missed, Legacy Cemented as Michigan Pillar

The entire state of Michigan lost a community pillar and business leader when William Clay Ford Sr. passed away on Sunday, March 9. An icon of an iconic family, his legacy is forever cemented as a leader and community pillar who left an indelible impact on our city and state.

Ford guided Ford Motor Company into the modern era and spearheaded many of Ford’s successful design risks in the 1950s and 1960s, including leading the design of the elegant Continental Mark II of 1956.

For the Chamber’s full statement on the passing of this influential Michigan icon, click here.

Secure Your Spot at Mackinac Policy Conference Before Registration Prices Increase, March 17

Be sure to register for the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference before registration prices increase by $200 on Monday, March 17. The Conference, held Tuesday, May 27 to Friday, May 30, will focus dialogue on the three pillars of entrepreneurship, education and impact, and will feature a dynamic speaker lineup, including:

Malcolm Gladwell, Author, “David and Goliath.” Gladwell is a widely acclaimed thought-provoker, writer and speaker, with a gift for making new ideas in the social sciences understandable, relevant and valuable to business audiences.

Jim Clifton, CEO, Gallup, Inc.; Author, “The Coming Jobs War.” A thought-leader on global opinions of key issues, Clifton’s insight for cities and nations speaks directly to the Conference pillar of entrepreneurship, which encourages a culture of innovation.

To view more information on speaker details, agenda updates and the island, click here.

Chamber Holds Send-Off Celebration for Roy Norton and Efforts to Build NITC

The Chamber, along with Michigan dignitaries, hosted a celebratory dinner on Thursday, March 6 to congratulate the Honourable Roy Norton, the former Canadian Consul General in Detroit, before he left for his new role as the Consul General of Canada in Chicago. The Chamber is extremely appreciative of Norton’s immense efforts to bring the New International Trade Crossing to fruition, and his work will positively impact the region for generations. He will be greatly missed.

Score New Contacts and Enjoy Pistons Basketball at Spring Networking Reception, March 26

Join hundreds of Chamber members at the Spring Membership  Reception on Wednesday, March 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Grow your network, generate new clients and cheer on the Detroit Pistons basketball team as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Registration includes networking, appetizers and admission to the game. A cash bar will be provided. To register, click here.

Chamber Participates in Macomb County Event to Promote ManufacturingCareers

The Chamber participated in “Manufacturing Matters in Macomb County” on Friday, February 28, a tour and roundtable with nationally recognized innovative manufacturers to demonstrate the Detroit region’s manufacturing assets. Aligning with the Chamber’s mission to increase awareness of careers in manufacturing through its InnoState program, the event partnered Macomb County with the Macomb Intermediate School District to clear up misconceptions about the industry. To learn more about the Chamber’s InnoState program, click here.

Learn Innovative Trends to Maximize Nonprofit Board Performance, Mar. 18

Leadership Detroit is hosting Innovative Trends in Nonprofit Board Performance: An Interactive Sharing Session on Tuesday, March 18, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Detroit Regional Chamber. The event will discuss creative techniques for engaging skilled volunteers, maximizing board members’ potential, and building effective board recruitment and succession practices. Don’t let a “lack of time” be the largest board engagement barrier. Discover ways to get the most out of trustees’ time, talents and resources. For more information and to register, click here.

Michigan’s Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008, Still Room for Improvement

Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January fell to 7.8 percent, the lowest unemployment rate in Michigan since May 2008. Providing further evidence to support Michigan’s status as the “Comeback State,” Governor Rick Snyder reported that Michigan has added more than 255,000 private sector jobs since December of 2010, and that it’s tied for No.1 among Great Lakes states and seventh in the nation for per-capita personal income growth. Despite the positive outlook, Governor Snyder reinforced the message that there is still work left to do, imploring Michigan residents continue the relentless pursuit of excellence.