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Sept. 9: Experience Latest Connected Vehicles During a Ride Along at the 2015 MICHauto Summit

Experience Latest Connected Vehicles During a Ride Along at the 2015 MICHauto Summit

Attendees at the 2015 MICHauto Summit will have a unique opportunity to experience innovative automotive next-generation technology firsthand while riding in a connected vehicle along Atwater Street in downtown Detroit. Connected cars are equipped with Internet connectivity and utilize a short-range wireless network to communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure on the road in order to improve safety and mobility. Throughout the day, Summit attendees can sign up for rides on a first-come, first-served basis on the atrium level of Cobo Center at the Atwater Street entrance.

The third annual Summit features some of the state’s foremost thinkers and leaders in automotive, government and academia, who will explore Michigan’s leadership role in the race for autonomous and connected vehicle research and development. Panelists include Washtenaw Community College’s Rose Bellanca, Cisco Systems’ Andreas Mai, Autoline’s John McElroy, and Fontinalis Partners’ Chris Thomas — who will share exactly why Michigan is uniquely positioned to leverage its numerous assets to maintain its global leadership in next-generation mobility. To view the full Summit agenda or to register, click here.

Summer Rewind: View Photo Highlights from Chamber’s Top Events

The Detroit Regional Chamber had a busy summer of activity — from celebrating Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI graduates, to touring Skidmore Studio at Inside the CEO Mind and kicking off the school year with students participating in the Detroit Scholarship Fund. Click here to view a gallery of photo highlights from Chamber events during the past three months.

Mayor Mike Duggan, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade Seek Employers for Ex-Offenders Reentry Job Fair, Oct. 27

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade are calling on Detroit regional businesses to partner in a first-of-its-kind program aimed at employing 500 ex-offenders by participating in a reentry job fair on Oct. 27 to assist people on probation and parole or individuals with criminal records in finding employment. Click here to learn how to participate in the job fair.

Congressional Tour Promotes Michigan Military Installations, Defense Industry Assets

Members of the Michigan congressional delegation traveled across the state this month for a tour of Michigan’s military installations. Hosted by the Michigan Army and Air National Guard, and the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, the visit helped highlight Michigan’s defense assets and discuss opportunities for the future.

The tour included stops at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township and the U.S. Army’s TACOM Life Cycle Management Command in Warren. Attendees included U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls), U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland), U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Royal Oak), U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Twp.), U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Benton Harbor). Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber and TACOM Advisory Council member, attended the event in support of TACOM’s investment in the region.

“Just about anything a U.S. soldier eats, wears, shoots or drives is developed, provided and maintained by the talented employees at TACOM,” Carnrike said. “This tour provided a firsthand look at one of Michigan’s most impressive economic assets while providing perspective on its role in developing emerging technologies and driving our future economic growth.”

TACOM and TARDEC, serving as regional economic development partners, provide critical jobs and investment for Michigan businesses while playing a central role in protecting the U.S. military abroad. In addition, as a center for research and development in advanced technology ground systems for the U.S. Army, their presence is important to the continued synergy of the automotive industry and military.

“The continued threat of sequestration and another round of base realignment and closure are concerning for Southeast Michigan considering the impact and presence of TACOM and TARDEC. As a region, we must continue to work collectively with our elected officials in Washington, the Governor’s office and statewide partners to support these vital assets for the future economic vitality of our region and state,” Carnrike said.

Detroit Tigers Suite Tickets Available for Chamber Members

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s suite at Comerica Park is available to Chamber members for Detroit Tigers games and other events. Located on the first baseline, the suite looks out directly at first base and is a great way to entertain business clients and guests. Amenities include:

  • Eighteen game tickets featuring access to the suite-holder entrance
  • Three parking passes at the Comerica Park garage
  • Private restroom in the suite
  • Access to the Tiger Club restaurant and bar
  • Full food and drink menu with direct delivery to the suite (sold separately)

The suite is available for several remaining games of the Tigers’ 2015 season and will be sold on a first-come, first served basis. Available dates include:
Sept. 18 – 19 vs. Kansas City Royals (7:08 p.m.)
Sept. 21 vs. Chicago White Sox (1:08 p.m. or 7:08 p.m.)
Sept. 22 vs. Chicago White Sox (7:08 p.m.)
Sept. 23 vs. Chicago White Sox (1:08 p.m.)
Sept. 27 vs. Minnesota Twins (1:08 p.m.)

All game packages are available at the discounted price of $1,500 per game. Contact Sandra McGuire at 313.596.0312 or smcguire@detroitchamber.com to reserve the suite today.