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November 6, 2012: Chamber Welcomes L. Brooks Patterson Back to Work; Election Day Today: Yes on 1, No on the Rest

Detroit Regional Chamber Welcomes L. Brooks Patterson Back to Work in Oakland County

The Detroit Regional Chamber would like to welcome Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson back to work after a serious car accident in early August. Patterson has made a remarkable recovery and is moving forward with physical therapy. According to a Detroit Free Press article, Patterson is looking forward to returning to work full time and continues to campaign for today’s election. The thoughts and prayers of the Chamber team continue to be with Brooks and his full and speedy recovery.

Election Day Today: Vote for Michigan’s Economy, Yes on 1, No on the Rest

Election Day is here and the Detroit Regional Chamber wants to remind you that a vote for Michigan’s economy in this critical election means YES on 1, NO on the rest of the Michigan ballot proposals to help further Michigan’s continued reinvention.

The Chamber strongly supports a no vote specifically on Proposal 6, which would amend the Michigan Constitution and could require voters to approve all international bridges and tunnels in state and local elections, hindering the progress on the New International Trade Crossing, a key Chamber priority.

Join Chamber CEO for Corporate Citizenship Lecture, This Thursday

Join Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah for a corporate citizenship symposium this Thursday, November 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the DeRoy Auditorium in Detroit. Baruah will deliver a keynote speech centered on the importance of quality corporate citizenship and leadership with an emphasis on local developments in a national context. To learn more or to RSVP, click here.

Prepare to Engage: What Leaders Need to Know About Education Reform, Nov. 8-9

If you are currently serving or considering serving on a traditional or charter school board or coordinating education engagement efforts for your organization, the Detroit Regional Chamber encourages you to join us this Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9 for Prepare to Engage, an exclusive two-day event. Prepare to Engage will explore issues and opportunities pertaining to education reform, including onsite engagement with school leaders, presentations from those responsible for driving reform efforts and background on the “systems” of delivering education. The cost to attend is $75 and includes transportation to the schools, session materials and lunch.

Meet Top Companies, Organizations at Small Business: Unlocked Meet the Purchasers, Nov. 13

The Detroit Regional Chamber encourages you to attend the next session of its Small Business: Unlocked program’s Meet the Purchasers event next Tuesday, November 13, from 8 a.m. to noon at Hotel St. Regis in Detroit. Decision-makers from top organizations will be on hand to meet and discuss business opportunities and you will hear from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on Pure Michigan Business Connect, a public-private initiative that introduces Michigan companies to opportunities that help them grow and expand. To learn more or to register, click here.

MICHauto to Participate in OESA Outlook Conference and 14th Annual Meeting of Members, Nov. 13

MICHauto, a key initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber focused on promoting and growing the automotive industry in Michigan, will be participating in the Original Equipment Suppliers Association’s (OESA) Outlook Conference and 14th Annual Meeting of Members on November 13 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit. The 2012 conference is a can’t-miss event featuring presentations from original equipment manufacturer executives, supplier CEOs and industry experts. Stop by MICHauto’s booth to learn more about why Michigan is auto and why Michigan is still the global automotive epicenter. For more information, click here.

LiveWorkDetroit! Kicks Off with Michigan Collegiate Job Fair, Nov. 16

LiveWorkDetroit! kicks off this year from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on November 16 with the Michigan Collegiate Job Fair. Last year, LiveWorkDetroit! brought in more than 1,100 college students to more than 8 events to experience the opportunities Detroit has to offer. Post-event surveys suggest 60 percent of employers made meaningful talent connections and 46 percent made job offers or plans to hire talent they met through LiveWorkDetroit! events last year.

LiveWorkDetroit!’s mission is to promote Detroit as a post-graduation destination and connect college students with job opportunities. It is a close partner with Detroit Drives Degrees, a Detroit Regional Chamber initiative focused on increasing college access, improving graduation rates in post-secondary institutions and retaining college graduates in the region. For more information on Detroit Drives Degrees, click here.

Detroit Regional Chamber Honored as One of Michigan’s Healthiest Employers

The Detroit Regional Chamber was honored last week by Crain’s Detroit Business, in partnership with MiBiz and Priority Health, as an honor roll recipient of the 2012 Michigan’s Healthiest Employers program. The honor roll is comprised of the top six companies in each category and the Chamber was pleased to accept this honor at an awards breakfast last week at the San Marino Club in Troy.

Political Profile: State Representative Mark Ouimet

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed State Rep. Mark Ouimet (R-Washtenaw) for a second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Ouimet’s legislative priorities have aligned with the Chamber’s on issues such as the support of the New International Trade Crossing, support for a regional transit authority and voting to repeal the Michigan Business Tax. Ouimet also worked diligently to pass Public Act 4, known as the emergency manager law, through the Local, Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee of which he is chair. Ouimet also serves on the House committees on Tax Policy and Transportation.

He served as vice president, chancellor and chief operating officer of Northwood University and has worked as a manager and fundraiser for several community and nonprofit organizations. Ouimet also served as a member of the Ann Arbor City Council and was a member of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. For a full list of Chamber PAC-endorsed candidates, click here.