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Oct. 6: Over 5,000 Students Attend Manufacturing Day in Southeast Michigan

MICHauto Summit Tackles How Michigan Can Lead in Brave New Automotive World

In a brave new world where new technology and new business models are paired with both opportunity and risk, Michigan must be prepared to adapt its companies and prepare the talent pipeline for next-generation mobility. That was the message automotive industry leaders and stakeholders laid out at the 2015 MICHauto Summit.

In its third year, the Summit, held on Sept. 30, continued to serve as a premier platform to discuss Michigan’s automotive future. Drawing on the theme, “The Connected Culture,” keynote speakers, panelists and presenters provided insight into how Michigan can build on its unrivaled automotive resources and R & D and ultimately win the race for next-generation mobility and autonomous vehicles.

Nearly 500 people attended the daylong Summit, which included more than 30 sponsors. Highlights included keynote speeches from Mahindra’s Rick Haas, Telogis’ Jason Koch, General Motors’ Harry Lightsey III and Gov. Rick Snyder, who discussed how Michigan can remain the global leader in connected vehicle technology. In addition to mainstage programming, the Summit featured an exhibitor hall with over 30 exhibitors, a showroom display with a Cadillac CT6 and Ford Edge, and a Connected Ride Experience that provided attendees with an up-close look at connected vehicle technology during a ride through Detroit.

The Summit welcomed students from Carver STEM Academy, Lawrence Technological University, Oakland University, University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University to expose them to opportunities that exist in the industry. View photos and session highlights from the Summit.

Give Your Business a Boost, Attend Two Maverick Marketing Sessions for Free

Make your money and your marketing plan go further by attending two free sessions of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Maverick Marketing Monday with the purchase of a 2015-2016 season pass. Attendees will receive expert advice on topics ranging from content and mobile marketing, to infographics and social media. The season pass provides discounted admittance and ensures a seat at sold-out sessions. Each session includes lunch and parking.

On Oct. 19 join Michele Linn, vice president of content for the Content Marketing Institute, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for “Essential Elements of Content Marketing.” Linn will offer insight on how to better understand your audience, how to develop and execute effective content marketing strategies, and how to build social media into these processes. And on Nov. 16, Pierrette Templeton, creative services director at Crain’s Detroit Business, will share design tips to create engaging infographics that will set your company apart from competitors. Both sessions will be held at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak.

To take advantage of this offer, email Marianne Alabastro by Oct. 16. View a full list of upcoming Maverick Marketing Monday programming.

Manufacturing Day Gives Students Inside Look at Exciting Industry Careers, Promotes Skilled Trades

Southeast Michigan manufacturers opened their doors to over 5,000 students from across the region last week to provide an up-close look at the industry during Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event aimed at changing misperceptions about skilled trades and fostering interest in manufacturing careers.

Students toured over 100 facilities, met with workers and learned about high-tech manufacturing jobs and the skills they might need to land a high-paying job. With support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), the Detroit Regional Chamber partnered with Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, along with the city of Detroit, to coordinate and recruit students to participate in the event.

“This event is a powerful example of regional collaboration. By giving manufacturers a way to showcase what they do and the exciting jobs available, we along with our partners, can begin to change the conversation about this vital industry, build up the talent pipeline and bring more jobs to Southeast Michigan,” said Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development for the Chamber.

An event kickoff was held at the Michigan Science Center featuring government, business and community leaders including: U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Marcus Jadotte, Focus: HOPE CEO William Jones, National Economic Council Deputy Director Jason Miller, and Chamber Board members Patricia Mooradian, CEO of The Henry Ford, and Rush Group CEO Andra Rush.

Congratulations to Strategic Staffing Solutions for 25 Years of Helping Transform Detroit

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Cindy Pasky, CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions, on the company’s 25th anniversary. Pasky, a past Board chair, is a positive example of strong CEO leadership helping redefine Detroit’s next chapter.

Detroit has the best CEO leadership in the country, Pasky says in a column written by The Detroit News’ Daniel Howes that highlights business leaders for their long-term vision and investment in the city. From large corporations to startups, Howes says CEOs, like Pasky, embrace an overarching sense of pride for Detroit’s comeback that is guided by the ethos, “it’s more important to fix what’s broken than claim credit for success.” Read Howes’ full column in The Detroit News.

Promoting Michigan’s skilled trades is a top priority for the Chamber and a main topic featured at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference. Read more about closing the skilled trades gap in Michigan in the September edition of the Detroiter magazine.

St. Jude Walk Raises Over $100,000 for Children’s Cancer Research

The Detroit Regional Chamber participated in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Sterling Heights this weekend, helping to raise over $100,000 for cancer research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Chamber’s team, “Going the Extra Smile,” included 10 staff members who raised money through online pledges. Read more about the St. Jude fundraiser.