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November 25: Registration Open for 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference; L. Brooks Patterson Highlights Oakland County Growth at Networking Event

Registration Open for 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

Registration for the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s signature event that brings together nationally-renowned speakers and thought leaders on Michigan’s Center Stage, is now open.

The Conference will be held at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island from Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, May 29. This year’s Conference will drive statewide dialogue on talent, urban revitalization and cohesion, three key catalysts necessary to ensure Michigan’s dynamic and geometric economic growth.

Visit the Conference website for upcoming speaker updates, agenda and program announcements.

L. Brooks Patterson Highlights Oakland County Growth at Networking Event

Over 120 participants braved snowy streets to join Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson at Meadow Brook Hall last week to hear updates from the region’s most colorful county executive during the Detroit Regional Chamber’s second annual Networking Reception featuring the Big Four regional leaders.

In a positive sign of the region’s comeback, Patterson said investment in Oakland County’s business infrastructure is growing, and the county received six awards, including the Public Community Health Achievement Award for reducing infant mortality rates in Pontiac in 2014. Patterson also praised Oakland Community College’s partnership with Automation Alley to invest resources in college courses in order to fill high-demand software programming and web development jobs in Michigan.

The Chamber will host a Networking Reception with Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel in April. Program details and the event location will be released at a later date.

Businesses Receive Star Treatment in Chamber’s Gift Detroit Video

As the holiday season draws near, the Detroit Regional Chamber is giving Metro Detroit businesses a boost by reminding its members about the importance of shopping local. The Chamber recently contracted with Gold member Zara Creative in Troy to produce a branding video for its Gift Detroit program.

Gift Detroit allows Chamber members to purchase gift certificates that can be redeemed at local businesses participating in the program. The video features the bakery Avalon International Breads LLC; Hugh, a home goods store; and Thrift on the Avenue, an upscale clothing boutique reseller. It will be used to promote the Gift Detroit program as a community initiative among potential investors, showcase Detroit’s developing retail space and market Michigan-made products to build stronger relationships and collaboration among merchants in the city. Click here to watch the video. For more information on becoming a Gift Detroit merchant, or for a list of participating merchants, click here.

Score Free Gifts with Your Chamber Membership, Dec. 2

The Detroit Regional Chamber is celebrating its members during its inaugural Member Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Throughout the day, post a picture of your Chamber member plaque on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag the Chamber on its respective handle. Be sure to make the post fun or include a clever caption. The most creative submissions will win great prizes every hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prizes include two registrations to the 2015 Detroit Policy Conference; lunch with a Chamber executive at the Detroit Athletic Club; and a half page ad in the February edition of the Detroiter magazine. For more details and examples, visit the Chamber’s website. For more information about Member Appreciation Day, contact Lori Shiels.

Chamber Closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Chamber will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Dec. 1.