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March 26, 2013: Gov. Snyder, Chamber CEO Join Education Nation Kickoff; Chamber Hosts 2013 Health Care Leaders Forum

Gov. Snyder, Chamber CEO Participate in Education Nation Detroit Summit KickoffNBC News Education Nation On-the-Road tour kicked off in Detroit last week, bringing together local leaders for a 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 joined Local 4 Anchor Rhonda Walker in hosting some of the region’s top thought-leaders, including Governor Rick Snyder and a panel led by WDIV’s Devin Scillian which included Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah; Senior Vice President of Global Product Development at General Motors Mary Barra; Chairman and CEO of GalaxE. Solutions Tim Bryan; and Macomb County Community College President James Jacobs. The panel discussed Michigan’s workforce, the skills gap and the future of our economy. For more information on Education Nation, click here.

Top Health Leaders Attend Chamber’s 2013 Health Care Leaders Forum Last week, more than 200 business owners, executives, health care professionals and change-makers from around the state and nation attended the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2013 Health Care Leaders Forum. The event focused on controlling the region’s health care costs, improving care quality and using the health care sector and healthy workers to drive economic development. Attendees also heard keynote addresses from Henry Ford Health System CEO and Chamber Board Chair Nancy Schlichting on the current state of the health care industry and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Medical Main Street and efforts to make Southeast Michigan a health care destination.

The Chamber also announced a new website, MI Health Answers, for small to medium-sized employers and their employees looking for answers regarding health care reform and purchasing health insurance in Michigan. Through the website, the Chamber is working to connect businesses to ACA experts in the business community to participate and provide answers in the community. Click to read coverage of the event in Crain’s Detroit Business or the Detroit News.

Detroit Regional Chamber Supportive of Proposed Medicaid ExpansionGovernor Rick Snyder’s budget message this year included his proposal to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, a key aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Detroit Regional Chamber is supportive of the Governor’s proposal, specifically to redirect savings realized from expansion to offset future liabilities as the federal government begins to require a 10 percent state match after 3 years.

Estimates indicate that this expansion would provide care to 450,000 out of 1.2 million uninsured Michigan residents. The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan estimates that the combination of increased provider tax revenue along with savings realized by eliminating general fund subsidies to other programs will result in a net savings to the state of $983 million over 10 years. Click here for additional coverage of the Chamber’s position in the Detroit News. For more information on current Chamber-backed public policy priorities, click here.

MICHauto, Chamber, MEDC Participate in Successful Ford Matchmaking Summit   The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) program who hosted a matchmaking summit last week to join Michigan companies with Ford Motor Company and 30 of its Tier 1 suppliers. The summit was a huge success, hosting more than 700 attendees from companies including Autoliv, BASF, Bosch, Continental, Cooper Standard, Dakkota, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Dana, Delphi, Denso, Detroit Thermal, Dura, Faurecia, Flex-n-Gate, Ford, Lear, Piston Group, Takata and many more. The Detroit Regional Chamber is a strategic partner of PMBC programming in Southeast Michigan. For more information on PMBC, click here.

Hear from MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon during Inside the CEO Mind, April 19       Don’t miss the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Inside the CEO Mind event, featuring Michigan State University (MSU) President Lou Anna K. Simon on Friday, April 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at MSU’s Detroit Center. Attendees will once again be invited to tap into the mind of one of the region’s most influential business leaders and gain exclusive insight into Simon’s unique perspective on leadership as well as the state of higher education and innovation in Michigan. Click here to read more on Simon’s accomplishments and role at MSU in the latest addition of the Chamber’s Detroiter magazine. Click here to register for the exclusive opportunity to hear the inspirational story of one of the state’s key leaders.

Carl Camden of Kelly Services to Discuss Talent Attraction for Small Employers, April 16

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber for “Keys to Talent Attraction: Helping Your Small Business Find Top Employees” featuring Carl Camden, president and CEO, Kelly Services, Inc., on Tuesday, April 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Kelly Services World Headquarters in Troy. Camden is a recognized thought-leader on talent management and how companies of all sizes, including small employers, succeed in the changing economic landscape. Prior to Camden’s remarks, Murray Feldman of FOX 2 News Detroit will lead an expert panel discussion. Following Camden’s presentation, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session moderated by Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. For more information or to register, click here.

There’s Still Time to Nominate a Leader for Leadership Detroit Class XXXVLeadership Detroit provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to leadership by creating awareness of key issues that affect the region. This once in a lifetime experience also provides the opportunity to network with more than 1,500 Leadership Detroit alumni and gain the leadership foundation needed to impact change in our communities. If you know someone who would be an ideal candidate for Leadership Detroit, please nominate them as a potential leader and participant in Class XXXV. Applications are due Friday, May 24. Start the process today by clicking here.