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October 10, 2012: Flagrant Foul Called on Anti-NITC Ads; Don’t Forget Leadership Detroit Awards Thursday

Michigan Truth Squad Calls Flagrant Foul on Anti-Bridge Ads, Debunks Ambassador Bridge-Backed ClaimsThe Michigan Truth Squad, a nonpartisan group dedicated to separating political facts from fiction, has called a “flagrant foul” on Ambassador Bridge-backed group The People Should Decide for the blatantly misleading television ads intended to sway voters for ballot proposal 6 in the upcoming general election. This proposal would require a public vote for any public bridge or tunnel project in Michigan, most notably the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). The Detroit Regional Chamber is a long-standing supporter of the NITC and Governor Rick Snyder’s recent progress in bringing the project to fruition.

Analysis available on the Michigan Truth Squad website debunks claims made in the ads and highlights how the agreement with Canada to build the NITC puts the financial onus for the project on Michigans neighbor rather than Michigan. It also points out that Michigan will not increase its debt load with the NITC project, contrary to claims made in the commercials. To read about the falsities presented in these ads, click here.

Don’t Forget to Register for Leadership Detroit Awards, ThursdayPlease join the Detroit Regional Chamber for the 2012 Leadership Detroit Awards tomorrow, October 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the M@dison Building rooftop in Detroit, as several exceptional leaders are honored for their work to create positive change in the community. Selected from over 1,500 alumni, these individuals epitomize the spirit of lifelong leadership and will share their insights on leadership and community involvement. For more information or to register to attend, click here.

Join us for Inside the CEO Mind with DMC’s Mike Duggan, October 16Don’t miss the Detroit Regional Chamber’s first Inside the CEO Mind event this season featuring Detroit Medical Center (DMC) CEO Mike Duggan. Join us on October 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Harper University Hospital as Duggan shares insight into his organization’s continued growth during this exclusive, intimate discussion followed by an audience question-and-answer session.

The DMC is an anchor in the community, and the last few years have seen major growth through the merger with Vanguard Health Systems. Duggan is the CEO who led the DMC through that merger and continues to lead the organization through new expansions, groundbreakings and advancements in research. Duggan will share insight on the organization’s continued growth during this exclusive, intimate discussion. To learn more or to register, click here.

Detroit Drives Degrees Aims to Increase Post-Secondary Education
The Detroit Regional Chamber is pleased to announce Detroit Drives Degrees as the Detroit region’s Talent Dividend initiative. Created by CEOs for Cities, the Talent Dividend initiative is a national campaign aimed at increasing post-secondary education attainment by offering a $1 million prize to the metro region that demonstrates the greatest growth in college degree attainment over a three-year period. Increasing college attainment by just one percentage point could mean capturing an additional $3.4 billion in annual income for residents of Metro Detroit.

The Chamber is serving as a convener in launching Detroit Drives Degrees, with three areas of focus: increasing college access, improving graduation rates in post-secondary institutions and retaining college graduates in the region. Each area of focus includes multiple partners such as Michigan College Access Network, Project WIN-WIN and Michigan Economic Development Corporation that are working toward increased education attainment in the region. To learn more about Detroit Drives Degrees partners, please visit

APACC Dinner Honors Distinguished Business Professionals this ThursdayThe 2012 Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce “Salute to Excellence Award Dinner” will honor Asian business professionals and Asian-owned companies that have achieved notable success and outstanding accomplishments in their respective fields of industry. The dinner is set for this Thursday, October 11, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn. For more information, click here.

Chamber Participates in Brooksie Way Half MarathonThe 5th annual Brooksie Way Half Marathon took place September 30 and the Detroit Regional Chamber sponsored and participated in the event. All of the proceeds from this quality of life event went to Oakland County communities through Brooksie Way MiniGrants. To learn more about the Brooksie Way, click here.

Political Profile: State Representative John WalshThe Detroit Regional Chambers Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed State Rep. John Walsh (R-Livonia) for the general election on November 6. Elected in 2008, Walsh was an early supporter of the New International Trade Crossing and has worked to pass the tax reform package of 2011 that include the repeal of the Michigan business tax. Walsh is a bipartisan sponsor of the recent package of bills to create a Detroit Lighting Authority in order to turn the lights back on in Detroit.

Walsh graduated from Michigan State University in 1984 and Wayne State University Law School in 1987. Walsh practiced corporate law for 15 years prior to joining Schoolcraft College as an executive in 2001. He serves as chair of the House Judiciary Committee and is vice chair of the House Tax Policy Committee.

Detroit Regional Chamber Supports Removal of Political Ad Negatively Depicting DetroitThe Detroit Regional Chamber applauds Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s opposition to a negative television ad that was eventually removed after running in Oakland County on Monday and Tuesday. The ad lauds Oakland County while negatively portraying the city of Detroit. The Chamber continuously supports a collaborative relationship between all of the counties in Southeast Michigan and the city of Detroit and opposes ads of this nature that only serve to divide those positive relationships and progress. In a Detroit News article, Patterson said he has never been a proponent of negative political ads and that he and his administration strive to be part of the solution. The Chamber greatly appreciates Brooks’ continued strong leadership for the region. To read more about the ad’s removal, click here.