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Sept. 16: Detroit’s Comeback Story, Meetings with Leading Auto Executives Highlight Trade Mission to Japan with Gov. Snyder

Detroit’s Comeback Story, Meetings with Leading Auto Executives Highlight Trade Mission to Japan with Gov. Snyder

This month, the Detroit Regional Chamber partnered with Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) on a trade mission to Japan and Germany to strengthen business relationships and attract job-creating investment in Southeast Michigan.

The Michigan delegation, which included Chamber President Sandy Baruah, met with leading automotive executives and MICHauto members from Aisin Seiki Co., Denso International Inc. and Toyota Motor Co. to thank them for their continued investment in Michigan. Baruah also shared Detroit’s post-bankruptcy comeback story during a visit to Toyota City before attending the Midwest U.S.- Japan Association Conference in Tokyo, where business leaders from the Midwest region of the United States and Japan have met annually for the past four decades to discuss the growth and progress of economic relations between the two countries.

In addition, the Chamber’s Business Attraction team, along with representatives from the city of Novi, city of Southfield and Oakland County, met with 15 companies, targeting the automotive, medical device and hospitality industries to promote Michigan’s skilled workforce and the state and region’s economic growth. The team also met with Consul General Mitsuhiro Wada, to discuss partnership opportunities with the Detroit region.

The Business Attraction team is continuing this current trade mission at the 66th Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. Look for more coverage of the trip in next week’s eDetroiter.

Learn How Michigan is Preparing Students for Next-Generation Mobility Careers; MICHauto Summit Prices Increase Sept. 23

Talent retention, attraction and development are critical to Michigan’s automotive industry as vehicles and technology increasingly become more aligned. At the 2015 MICHauto Summit, a panel of leading academic and industry experts will offer insight into what it takes to grow the talent pipeline, with emphasis on the skilled trades and STEM education, in the race for next-generation mobility and connectivity.

Robert Bosch’s Charlie Ackerman, Washtenaw Community College’s Rose Bellanca, Hacker Fellows’ Bradley Hoos, and Cooper Standard’s Suzanne Seitz will explore the needs of automotive companies, the institutions supplying talent and the innovative programs in place to prepare students for 21st century careers.

The 2015 MICHauto Summit will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Cobo Center. Building off the theme, “The Connected Culture: Shaping Michigan’s Automotive and Mobility Future,” the Summit will focus on Michigan as the center for advanced mobility. Presenters include Telogis’ Jason Koch, Cisco Systems’ Andreas Mai, Autoline’s John McElroy, Gov. Rick Snyder and Fontinalis Partners’ Chris Thomas. To view the full Summit agenda and to register, click here.

Detroit’s Spirit and Promise Shines in New York Times Op-Ed Featuring Chamber Vice Chair Dennis Archer Jr.

The comeback spirit and resiliency of Detroiters in the post-bankruptcy era continues to receive national attention as the narrative about opportunity in the city gains momentum. Last week, The New York Times’ Frank Bruni featured an interview with Detroit Regional Chamber Vice Chair Dennis Archer Jr., owner of Central Kitchen+Bar, in an op-ed titled: “The Spirit and Promise of Detroit.” The op-ed highlights the risk-taking spirit of entrepreneurs and the resulting development of downtown businesses, the automotive industry’s comeback and the overarching sense of pride Detroiters have in their city. Click here to read the full column.

The Neighborhood News Hub Highlights Impact of Detroit Scholarship Fund on Students and Community

With the school year underway, the September edition of The Neighborhood News Hub featured a story on Detroit Scholarship Fund (DSF) recipient Basam Al-Badani as part of its coverage of the DSF’s annual Summer Ceremony kickoff event. Al-Badani, one of more than 500 students enrolled in a community college for the 2015 fall semester, plans to study engineering and dentistry in hopes of giving back to the community.

The Neighborhood News Hub is a monthly hyperlocal magazine focused on community news in the Detroit region. Click here and flip to page 10 to read the article on Al-Badani.

Discover the Benefits of Chamber Membership at Maximizer Event at Oakland Mall in Troy, Oct. 7

New and existing Detroit Regional Chamber members can learn how to take advantage of all the benefits of their Chamber membership at the upcoming Membership Maximizer from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 at Oakland Mall in Troy. Attendees will hear a brief overview of benefits, programs and events, as well as meet with Chamber executives in attendance to ensure their membership is working for them and their business needs. To register, click here.