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January 28: Gov. Snyder Wants Immigration Reform to Accelerate Detroit’s Comeback; City Council to Hold Hearing on Arena District Project, Jan. 29

Gov. Snyder Calls for Immigration Reform to Accelerate Detroit’s Recovery

Governor Rick Snyder wants to open Detroit to immigrants to accelerate the comeback of the Motor City. In an announcement last week, Governor Snyder unveiled his proposal at the Ideal Group in Detroit, urging the federal government to harness the power of skilled immigrants by securing an additional 50,000 employment-based visas in the next five years.

Detroit community and business leaders were also on-hand to speak on behalf of the initiative, including: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones and the Chamber’s executive vice president, Ed Wolking Jr.

The Chamber has been a long-standing proponent of immigration reform, developing an item on its To-Do List following the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, specifically, to “coalesce the regional business community to support comprehensive immigration reform that helps drive economic growth and a pilot program in Michigan.” The Chamber welcomed former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez to speak on immigration reform at the Conference.

After the announcement, Governor Snyder traveled to Washington, D.C. to continue advocacy efforts for the proposal. He spoke at an immigration summit at the National Press Club, joined by Gutierrez and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who agreed that Governor Snyder’s plan would help Detroit and other industrial cities. Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah attended in support. To listen to the Chamber’s vice president of government relations, Brad Williams, discuss Governor Snyder’s immigration announcement with 1320 WILS radio, click here.

City Council to Host Hearing for Continued Arena District Project Talks, Jan. 29

Detroit City Council will host a public hearing on Wednesday, January 29 at 5 p.m. at the Erma Henderson Auditorium in Detroit for continued talks on the development plans for the new arena district project, including the new Red Wings Arena. Discussion will focus on a land transfer and the exploration of a community benefits agreement between the city and the arena’s operators.

Evette Hollins, the Chamber’s manager of urban initiatives, will testify in support of the project at the hearing, along with former Detroit councilwoman Sheila Cockrel and others. To read more about the project, click here.

Maverick Marketing Monday to Highlight Best Practices for Pitching Media, Feb. 10

The next installment of the Chamber’s Maverick Marketing Monday series, “Getting Noticed: Key Steps for Pitching Media,” will focus on the development of effective strategy for gaining the media’s attention with newsworthy stories. Being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 10 at Emagine in Royal Oak, the event will feature a panel of local media experts who will shed light on how to ensure that your company’s news pitches don’t get ignored.

Joining moderator Matt Friedman, a partner with Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications, in the discussion will be Al Johnson, news planning editor at WJBK-TV Fox 2, Chris Kirkpatrick, business editor for the Detroit Free Press, and Kate Abbey-Lambertz, associate editor for The Huffington Post. To register, click here.

Chamber Applauds Gov. Snyder’s Plan for Detroit Pensioners and DIA

Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah issued a statement last week following Governor Rick Snyder’s announcement of a proposed plan to help protect Detroit pensioners and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) collection throughout the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.

“From Day One, Governor Snyder has understood that Detroit is critical to Michigan’s re-invention. He has invested tremendous time, energy and political capital in working to put the city on the path to a brighter future. While full details are yet to be ironed out, the Detroit Regional Chamber is encouraged that the Governor and legislative leaders have worked in a bipartisan fashion and taken the first steps to better protect workers’ pensions and the region’s assets at the DIA throughout the difficult bankruptcy process.”

To read more about Governor Snyder’s effort to protect Detroit pentions and DIA artwork, click here.

Save the Date: 2014 Health Care Leaders Forum, March 12

Mark your calendar for the Chamber’s 2014 Health Care Leaders Forum, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch. Some of the nation’s leading health care thought leaders will participate in an interactive forum, focusing on the rapid transition of the health care system, as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist for purchasers, providers and communities. For more information and to register, click here.