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January 22, 2013: Sec. LaHood Announces $25 Million for M-1 Rail; Snyder Addresses Road Funding in State of State

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $25 Million Federal Funding for M-1 RailU.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Detroit last week to announce $25 million in federal funding for the new M-1 rail project. The rail line better aligns Detroit with other large U.S. cities and will greatly impact the city’s transportation options and economy. Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah released a statement following the announcement, which can be found here. To read further coverage of this story from the Detroit Free Press, click here.

Gov. Snyder Calls for Increased Investment in Transportation Infrastructure in State of the State AddressGovernor Rick Snyder shared his plans for the continued reinvention of Michigan last week during his State of the State Address in Lansing, and among his top priorities for the coming year is greater investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure. This is an important step for Michigan’s economic growth now and in the future, and Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah issued a statement, found here, following Gov. Snyder’s speech in support of this effort. The Chamber also issued an action alert directing citizens to voice concern and support for fixing Michigan’s roads and bridges last week. To send a letter to your legislators, click here.

Join the Chamber for Lessons over Lunch Featuring Curve Detroit’s Charlie Wollborg, TomorrowJoin the Detroit Regional Chamber from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Emagine Royal Oak tomorrow for Small Business: Unlocked’s Lessons Over Lunch with Charlie Wollborg. Wollborg, founding partner of Curve Detroit, will discuss ways to differentiate your idea, project or business so it stands out among competitors and holds the attention of prospective consumers longer than the nine second average. To learn more or to register, click here.

Detroit Regional Chamber Outlines Top 10 Legislative Priorities for 2013The Detroit Regional Chamber has a number of ongoing initiatives advocating for the region and the business community, including increased transportation funding and the city of Detroit’s fiscal crisis, among others. The Chamber’s government relations team develops and advocates for a pro-business policy agenda at the federal, state and local levels of government and had several legislative successes in 2012. To view the top 10 Chamber legislative priorities for 2013, click here.

Crain’s Honors Chamber Board Chair Nancy Schlichting as 2012 Newsmaker of the YearThe Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) CEO and Chamber Chair Nancy Schlichting for being honored as Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2012 Newsmaker of the Year. 2012 ushered through great successes for Schlichting and HFHS, from the announcement of a merger between HFHS and Beaumont Health System to the Henry Ford’s receipt of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. To read full coverage of the Newsmaker of the Year award in Crain’s, click here.

Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Talks Auto Show, MICHauto with WDET’s Craig Fahle Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah spoke with WDET’s Craig Fahle last week about the newest innovations unveiled at the North American International Auto Show and their potential impact on the regional economy. He also gave an update on the Chamber’s MICHauto program, which recently released its “Michigan is Auto” report, and the program’s mission to promote, retain and grow the automotive industry in Michigan. To hear the full interview, click here.

Register Now for Detroit Regional Chamber’s Membership Maximizer, Feb. 13Join the Detroit Regional Chamber next month for a Membership Maximizer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13 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.

Don’t Miss Leadership Detroit Class XXXV Informational Breakfast, Feb. 21Don’t miss your chance to learn about the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program, the application process and program benefits during an informational breakfast on February 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Ford Education Center in the Detroit Zoo. Attendees will also hear from Leadership Detroit alumni on how the program has sharpened their own leadership skills. For more information or to register for the breakfast, click here.

Leadership and the Innovation Equation, Feb. 13February 13
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In the Detroit region and across the country, there is a growing focus on innovation and its importance in the globalized world. 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.

Detroit Policy Conference, Feb. 28February 28
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MotorCity Casino Hotel

The 2013 Detroit Policy Conference features an action-packed agenda of key business, community and political leaders who are leading Detroit’s continued transformation. During the “Designing Detroit’s Brand: The Emergence of the Creative Industry in the ‘D'” session, you’ll hear from a panel of seasoned leaders as they discuss the power of the Detroit brand and how to further develop it. For more information on the Conference, speakers, session topics or to register, click here.