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May 8: Author Larry Weber to Keynote at Mackinac Policy Conference; Chamber Takes Road Funding Conversation to Washington, D.C.

Author Larry Weber to Keynote at Mackinac Policy Conference

The Chamber announces Larry Weber, chairman and CEO of Racepoint Global, as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.

A globally known entrepreneur and expert in public relations and marketing services, Weber’s operations in Detroit are growing. He excels at helping global brands and emerging companies harness social media strategies to enhance brand reputation, create and extend partnerships, and increase demand generation.

Weber has founded several businesses, including The Weber Group, which later merged with two companies to become Weber Shandwick, one of the largest advertising firms in the auto industry. Weber has also authored five business and marketing books, with the most recent, “The Digital Marketer,” released on April 22. He joins a lineup of Conference speakers and panelists that includes:

Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup Inc.; Author, “The Coming Jobs War”

Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Michigan

Mitch Daniels, Former Governor, State of Indiana; President, Purdue University

Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit

Nina Easton, Washington Bureau Chief, Fortune Magazine; Commentator, Fox News

Malcolm Gladwell, Author, “David and Goliath”

Joel Klein, Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; CEO, Education Division, News Corporation

Josh Linkner, CEO and Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners

Kevyn Orr, Emergency Manager, City of Detroit

Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

For more information on the Conference, and to register, click here.

Chamber Takes Road Funding Conversation to Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C.

Brad Williams, the Chamber’s vice president of government relations, joined the Michigan Transportation Team (MTT) for a fly-in to Washington, D.C. last week to meet with the Michigan congressional delegation for further discussion on increased transportation funding. The Chamber has identified state and federal funding for transportation as a top priority for businesses throughout Michigan.

Additional investment is critical to bolster Michigan’s deteriorating transportation infrastructure, which directly impacts the state’s overall business strength and competitiveness. Approximately 41 percent of Michigan’s transportation budget comes from the federal government, with the remainder coming from the state. The surface transportation bill, which currently authorizes federal investment in transportation, is set to expire on October 1.

The Chamber supports a robust and long-term bill that will allow states to make long-term planning decisions based on secure and dedicated federal funding. To learn more about the coalition seeking improved transportation infrastructure in Michigan, click here.

Chamber Testifies Before City Council to Raise Awareness of Detroit Scholarship Fund

Chamber staff working to promote the Detroit Scholarship Fund (DSF) testified before Detroit City Council on Tuesday, May 6, at the invitation of City Council President Brenda Jones. The group provided an overview of the program, which is administered by the Chamber, describing its background and discussing how it offers graduates of any Detroit high school a tuition-free path to an associate’s degree at any of the five community colleges located in metro Detroit.

Chamber employees appearing before City Council were Stacy Boone, Detroit Scholarship Fund coordinator; Greg Handel, senior director of workforce development; Evette Hollins, urban affairs manager; and Monica Rodriguez, Detroit Scholarship Fund coordinator. To learn more about the DSF, click here.

MICHauto Highlights Intelligent Mobility Opportunities in Michigan

Over 100 business leaders and automotive industry stakeholders attended MICHauto’s Driving Intelligent Mobility in Michigan event on Wednesday, April 30.

Industry experts spoke to the advancement of intelligent mobility systems and projected its progression into the mainstream consumer marketplace, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing Michigan as it serves as a global pacesetter for developing and marketing intelligent mobile technology.

Speakers included Masa Hasegawa, principal, Deloitte Consulting; Bill Kohler, partner and co-chair, Automotive and Manufacturing Practice Group, Clark Hill; and Doug Patton, senior vice president, engineering, DENSO International America. The industry leaders also participated in a panel discussion moderated by Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of Mobile Comply. To learn more about the MICHauto program, click here.

Learn to Get the Most Chamber Value at the Membership Maximizer, June 18

The Chamber is hosting a Membership Maximizer on Wednesday, June 18 to help new and standing members discover ways to get the most out of their membership. Taking place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at TechShop in Allen Park, attendees will hear first-hand from other Chamber members how to leverage membership to take their business and careers to new heights. Chamber staff members will also be present to provide an insider overview of programs and events. For more information and to register, click here.