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Sept. 29: Check out Mike Rowe on the Cover of the Detroiter; Chamber, Mayor Duggan and John Hope Bryant Recruiting Hosts for Hope Inside Centers in Detroit

Businesses Wanted: Chamber, Mayor Duggan and John Hope Bryant Recruiting Hosts for HOPE Inside Centers in Detroit

The next key step in Detroit’s revitalization starts in host businesses across the city. Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber brought together Mayor Mike Duggan, Operation HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant and 20 regional c-suite business leaders to kick off a recruiting campaign with the goal of opening 20 HOPE Inside Centers throughout the city.

HOPE Inside Centers across the nation have successfully raised credit scores on average by 120 points by providing credit and home ownership counseling, entrepreneur training and money management workshops.

The effort is a continuation of the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List item to promote financial literacy in underserved neighborhoods through partnerships with financial service firms and the foundation and nonprofit community. The To-Do List item stemmed from Bryant’s keynote address challenging Mackinac attendees to transform neighborhoods by working to raise credit scores for individuals and communities.

“The business community will have to play a critical role in this effort to ultimately transform neighborhood economies,” Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah said. “By creating HOPE Inside Centers in Detroit businesses, we can exponentially expand the impact of raising credit scores in a short amount of time.”

In April, the first HOPE Inside Center in Detroit opened at the Northwest Activities Center with the goal of transforming distressed neighborhoods suffering from low financial literacy and low credit scores by resolving primary credit denial factors. The Detroit Center, supported by Fifth Third Bank, has already successfully enabled Detroit families to purchase homes in the city.

Businesses or organizations interested in hosting a HOPE Inside Center or supporting the effort should contact Devon O’Reilly at 313.596.0335 or

Mike Rowe Featured on Cover of Skilled Trades Detroiter, Continues the Mackinac Conversation

The face of America’s “dirtiest jobs” is on the cover of the Detroiter magazine. The perpetual apprentice, current host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” and 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference speaker Mike Rowe is featured in the September edition, which focuses on closing the skills gap. In addition to highlighting Rowe’s work to bust misperceptions about technical careers with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the magazine showcases the exciting careers emerging in the skilled trades, innovative apprenticeship programs like MAT2, and how businesses like AAM are addressing their talent needs. Most Detroiter articles are available online.

What’s Next for Connected Cars in Michigan? Find out Wednesday at the MICHauto Summit

Michigan’s automotive ingenuity, talent and innovation will be on display Wednesday at Cobo Center in Detroit during the 2015 MICHauto Summit. Building off the theme, “The Connected Culture: Shaping Michigan’s Automotive and Mobility Future,” the Summit will focus on the state’s leadership in the race for next-generation connected and autonomous vehicles. Follow the Summit discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #MAS15 and download the Periscope app in the iTunes store or Google Play and search for Detroit Chamber to view sessions broadcast periodically throughout the day. Look for more coverage of the Summit in next week’s eDetroiter. View the full Summit agenda and register here.

Warren Evans on Wayne County Finances: ‘The Future is Bright’

Delivering the message that the county’s finances are much better off than they were nine months ago and set to improve, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans provided an update on the county’s fiscal health to over 150 Detroit Regional Chamber members last week at the Detroit Golf Club. Evans, who addressed members for the first time since taking office, stressed the importance of collaboration during the Chamber’s quarterly networking reception.

Addressing the county’s consent agreement with the state approved in August, as well as recent contract negotiations with local unions, Evans said cohesion was key in helping balance the county budget while protecting services for residents.

“We’re doing good things,” Evans said. “While there’s still plenty of heavy lifting left to do, it’s important for people to look at the cooperation taking place in the county that is giving us a chance to clean up our finances and keep Wayne County off the road to receivership.”

Evans vowed to continue fighting for better ways to improve the county’s finances into the future, starting with his own administration.

“While government is not generally run like a business, it is important to use good business practices and be fiscally responsible and my team sees that,” he said. “The cuts to health care and retirement that our unions went through are the same concessions my administration is taking.”

“There are efficiencies every day that we’re focusing on in terms of cost savings just like running a reasonable shop,” Evans continued. “Those who do business in and live in Wayne County can be reasonably comfortable knowing that the county is in way better shape than it was nine months ago and nine months from now it will be in a lot better shape. It has been a shared sacrifice to get it done.”

29 Current, Former Chamber Board Members Among Crain’s 100 Most Connected People

Several current and former Detroit Regional Chamber Board members were recently recognized among Crain’s Detroit Business’ 100 “Most Connected” businesspeople in metro Detroit. In total, nearly one-third of the top 100 leaders identified by Crain’s have ties to the Chamber, providing a powerful voice for business in Southeast Michigan.

Among those named, 24 are current Board members, with three in the top 10, including: JPMorgan Chase’s John Carter (No. 1), Henry Ford Health System’s Nancy Schlichting (No. 2) and AAM’s David Dauch (No. 3). Board Chair Mark Davidoff, Michigan managing partner for Deloitte, ranks No. 39 on the list, which ranks professionals based on their links to individuals, institutions and organizations. View the full list of “Most Connected” businesspeople in the region.