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March 25: Chamber Adds News Corporation’s Joel Klein to Mackinac Policy Conference Lineup; MICHauto Event Aims to Drive Intelligent Mobility, April 30

Chamber Adds Joel Klein to Mackinac Policy Conference Agenda, May 27-30The Chamber has announced the addition of Joel Klein, News Corporation executive and former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, to the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference lineup of speakers.

Klein is the CEO of the educational division and executive vice president of the office of the chairman for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. He formerly served as the chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw a system of more than 1,600 schools with 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees and a $22 billion budget. During his tenure, he launched “Children First,” a comprehensive reform strategy that increased high school graduation rates in New York City by 40 percent.

Approximately 1,500 attendees are expected to gather for the Conference, which will highlight the key pillars of entrepreneurship, education, and impact. For more information and to register, click here.

MICHauto Aims to Drive Intelligent Mobility in Michigan at April 30 Event

With intelligent transportation systems emerging as the automotive industry’s next wave of innovation, the Chamber’s MICHauto program is hosting “Driving Intelligent Mobility in Michigan” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at the Westin Book Cadillac.

The event will feature discussion from industry experts, including Masa Hasegawa, principal at Deloitte Consulting; Bill Kohler, partner at Clark Hill; and Doug Patton, senior vice president of engineering at DENSO International America. Following the presentation, they will participate in group discussions moderated by Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of Mobile Comply.

Speakers will analyze intelligent mobility and project its evolvement into the mainstream consumer marketplace, review potential roadblocks, and discuss Michigan’s role as a leader in the development and marketing of intelligent mobile technology. For more information and to register, click here.

Michigan Recognized as Leader in Attracting International Investment

The Organization for International Investment (OFII) recognized Michigan as a leader in attracting international investment last week, highlighting the positive steps that have been taken by Governor Rick Snyder and the state Legislature. These steps include the elimination of Michigan Business Tax, development of the state’s workforce, and increased job creation numbers.

The OFII cited several achievements that have helped Michigan grow into a national leader:

  • Ranked first nationally in recovery from the Great Recession, adding 255,000 jobs since December 2010.
  • Added 32,000 insourcing jobs in 2011, twice as many as any other state.
  • Ranked as fourth-largest high-tech workforce in U.S., with the third-best high-tech job growth rate.

To read more about Michigan’s recognition, click here.

Chamber-Supported Scrap Metal Bill Passes Michigan Legislature, Headed to Governor’s Desk

The Scrap Metal Regulatory Act, which has been supported by the Chamber advocacy team, received overwhelming support in the Michigan House and Senate last week. The bill passed the House with a 98-12 vote, followed by approval in the Senate, 31 votes to six, last week, marking a major victory for Detroit’s business and economic development sector.

In order to address the crippling effect that scrap metal thieves can have on cities, including Detroit, the bill regulates the sales of stolen catalytic converters, copper wire and air conditioning units by prohibiting scrapyards from offering cash payments greater than $25. It also requires scrapyards to take pictures of their customers and add them to a database that will be created by the state.

The Chamber, along with Mayor Mike Duggan, the Detroit Crime Commission and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, have advocated for the passage of a substantive piece of legislation and tougher scrap metal regulations. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Snyder. To read more about the vote, click here.