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March 18: Chamber Continues Push to Curb Scrap Metal Theft; Get Inside the CEO Mind of Sandy Pierce on March 27

Chamber Continues Push for Stricter Legislation to Curb Scrap Metal Theft

The Chamber’s government relations team is pushing for legislation to crack down on scrap metal theft which is hurting business and neighborhoods throughout the Detroit region. The Chamber, along with the Detroit Crime Commission, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, is urging the Senate to support a bill in the House of Representatives to provide law enforcement with tools to track sales of catalytic converters, copper wire and air conditioning units. It would also prohibit cash transactions for the purchase of these items.

The Chamber is actively supporting the push for stronger legislation in order to protect Michigan businesses, which can suffer from millions of dollars annually in repair costs, security expenses and higher insurance premiums due to scrap metal theft. Thieves are putting neighborhoods in the dark, shutting down schools for days at a time, and destroying expensive rehabilitation work done on hundreds of buildings. To learn more about the efforts to curtail scrap metal theft in Michigan, click here.

Get Inside the CEO Mind of FirstMerit Bank’s Sandy Pierce, March 27

Be sure to attend Inside the CEO Mind featuring Sandy Pierce, chairman and CEO of FirstMerit Michigan and Chamber board member, from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 27 at the REDICO Conference Center. Pierce possesses a vast background in the Michigan banking market and will share her inspirational story. Following Pierce’s presentation, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session. For more information and to register, click here.

Health Care Leaders Forum Provides Attendees Guidance for Navigating Health Care Reform

The Chamber hosted its annual Health Care Leaders Forum on Wednesday, March 12, bringing regional and national industry leaders together to discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ways to navigate the ongoing changes in health care reform. Speakers took a realistic look at the challenges and opportunities presented by the ACA and other industry trends, and stressed the importance of increased governmental transparency, embracing change and new partnerships among employers and a commitment to innovation.

The Forum featured a strong lineup of presenters, including keynote speeches by:

  • Paul Keckley, Former Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions
  • David Lansky, President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health
  • Carlos Jackson, Senior Associate Director, Federal Relations, American Hospital Association
  • Tevi Troy, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jay Want, Principal, Want Healthcare, LLC.

 Chamber Introduces ‘HealthForward’ Program

The Chamber introduced HealthForward at the 2014 Health Care Leaders Forum, a new program built to advance the state of health care. The program is included with a Chamber membership and helps employers make effective health care decisions for their company by focusing on health care education, employee wellness, consumerism and improving quality of care. To sign up for HealthForward, click here.

Chrysler Group Celebrates Production of All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 at Sterling Heights Plant

Chrysler Group held an event at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) on Friday, March 14 to celebrate the production of the brand new 2015 Chrysler 200. The production of the vehicle in Sterling Heights marks a major boom for the plant which, originally slated for closure in 2010, is now one of Chrysler Group’s largest and most technologically advanced manufacturing facilities.

The Chrysler 200 represents a significant economic impact to the region and a strong sign of commitment from Chrysler to Sterling Heights and the state of Michigan. With the launch of the Chrysler 200, SHAP has added 800 jobs as a result of in-sourcing of several critical manufacturing processes. Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah and Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto and strategic development, attended the event and toured the facilities. To read more on Chrysler and Chrysler 200, click here.

Chamber Seeks Nominations for Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI

Leadership Detroit, a community leadership program led by the  Chamber, is seeking nominations for emerging, high-potential leaders for Class XXXVI. With more than 1,800 alumni, Leadership Detroit strives to connect leaders and inspire positive change in the Detroit region. For more information and to nominate a candidate for the program, click here.