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March 19, 2013: March Detroiter On Stands Now; BCBSM Transitioning to Mutual Nonprofit Insurer

March Detroiter Focusing on Health Care in Michigan on Stands NowThe March 2013 issues of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroiter magazine hits newsstands this week, featuring Oakland County Executive and Medical Main Street founder L. Brooks Patterson on the cover. This issue takes a look at how the health care industry continues to drive economic growth. The Detroit region is poised to emerge as a national leader in the rapidly evolving industry through Southeast Michigan’s heavy influence in medical innovation and cutting-edge research and development. Among this issue’s stories are several question-and-answer articles with some of the region’s biggest health care leaders and influencers as health care reform changes are beginning to take effect. Watch your mailbox for the newest edition or click here to read select stories online.

Gov. Snyder Signs BCBSM Bill Transitioning Blues to Nonprofit Mutual InsurerGovernor Rick Snyder signed legislation yesterday that effectively converts Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to a nonprofit mutual insurance company. The Detroit Regional Chamber made the passage of this legislation one of its top 10 public policy priorities for 2013. This bill was approved by the Senate last week and ultimately allows BCBSM to modernize their rate setting process in addition to making the company subject to taxes. To view the full list of Chamber policy priorities for 2013, click here.

Watch Live: NBC News Education Nation Comes to Detroit, March 22Tune into WDIV 4 this Friday, March 22 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. to see a portion of NBC News Education Nation On-the-Road tour kickoff in Detroit. The Detroit Regional Chamber has been working closely with NBC and community partners to bring together local leaders for this solutions-focused conversation about improving education and preparing Americans for the jobs of the future.

NBC News’ Special Correspondent Chelsea Clinton and Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis will join Local 4 Anchor Rhonda Walker in hosting some of the region’s top thought-leaders, including Governor Rick Snyder and Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah to discuss critical issues, including the 21st century workforce and preparing Michigan’s students to compete in a global economy. You can follow the entire day’s events by clicking here.

Advocacy Highlight: Senate Resolution Regulating HMTF Funds Passes   Senate Resolution 20, sponsored by Sen. Geoff Hansen (R-Hart), recently passed the Michigan Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill urges Congress to enact legislation to ensure that amounts credited to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) are used solely for the dredging, infrastructure, operation and maintenance of federally-authorized ports, harbors and waterways.

For the past decade, only half of the millions of dollars collected through user fees on cargo vessels have been spent on the intended purpose, all while Great Lakes ports, harbors and waterways are deteriorating and in need of regular maintenance. Efficient ports are a key economic factor in the Great Lakes economy, but in order to serve that role, ports have to be well-dredged or ships have to be light-loaded. As a key member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, the Detroit Regional Chamber sees the use of the HMTF dollars, for purposes of commercial dredging particularly, to be of high priority. For more information on the Chamber’s legislative priorities, click here.

Translinked Hosts Successful Quarterly Briefing on Statewide Logistics StrategyThe Detroit Regional Chamber’s Translinked initiative hosted a quarterly briefing last week focused on the new statewide logistics supply chain long-term strategy. The statewide strategy was presented to event attendees by Peter Anastor, policy director for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Anastor explained to the group that the strategy is business-focused and emphasizes the importance of collaboration and leveraging existing assets. He went on to describe Michigan’s unique position as a domestic and international trading partner and its ample supply of logistical assets. This logistics and supply chain strategy will be released publicly in the near future. For more information on the Chamber’s Translinked initiative, click here.

Discover Ways to Bring out the Best in Your Organization at Lessons Over Lunch, March 20Join the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Small Business: Unlocked program for Lessons Over Lunch at TechShop in Detroit tomorrow. This session will focus on best practices for communicating with millennials, bringing out the best in your organization and allowing staff to have a positive effect on workplace innovation. Following the presentation, attendees are encouraged to take a tour of TechShop to explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. For more information or to register, click here.

Don’t Miss Society of Human Resource Professionals’ ‘Great Workplaces of the Future’ Event, TomorrowDon’t miss the Society of Human Resource Professionals’ ‘Great Workplaces of the Future’ event taking place tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. at Emagine Royal Oak, featuring Michael Burchell, partner, Great Places to Work Institute.

Event participants will examine a model for understanding a great workplace, learn about best practices in some of FORTUNE’s best companies to work for in America and discover some of the emerging human capital trends and issues in developing a high-trust workplace.  Participants will have an opportunity to consider how these trends and issues impact their own work environment and identify opportunities for change in their organization. For more information, click here.

Play the Bracket Challenge for a Chance to Win Amazon Kindle FireClick here to enter the Bracket Challenge for your chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire. is an online community platform supported by the Detroit Regional Chamber that drives members and non-members to discuss any and all issues related to running their business. It’s free to play, so make sure you are a member and sign up today.