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September 10, 2013: MIS President Roger Curtis Joining Lineup at Michigan Auto Summit; Register for Chamber’s Fall PAC Fundraiser

Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis to Join Lineup at 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program has announced that Roger Curtis, president of Michigan International Speedway (MIS), will be a keynote speaker at the 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit.

Curtis will offer a comprehensive look at the opportunities MIS offers the automotive market and highlight the distinct advantage the facility provides the automotive industry in Michigan. Discussion will touch on how MIS provides automakers and after-market manufacturers the capability to test and develop connected vehicle systems and other technologies in a protected, neutral and safe environment.

The MAS will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at COBO Center. For more information about this can’t-miss event or to register today, click here.

Register Today for the Chamber’s PAC Fundraiser Featuring Mike Duggan and PAC-Endorsed Candidates, October 9

The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) will host its Fall PAC Fundraiser on Wednesday, October 9, which will feature Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan and PAC-endorsed candidates. You are invited to join the Chamber’s PAC and PAC-supported candidates for the morning reception at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The PAC continues to support pro-business candidates and policymakers to ensure that the interests of Chamber members are protected at all levels of government. The upcoming elections in Detroit and Michigan provide an opportunity to support pro-growth candidates and promote continued business success.

For more information on the event, or to register online, please click here or visit the Chamber website for a list of PAC-endorsed candidates.

Business Attraction Welcomes German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest in Opening Detroit Office

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team officially welcomed the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest) as it opened a new office and held a board meeting in Detroit last week. The Business Attraction team worked closely with GACC Midwest in bringing them to Detroit as they pursued an additional office in the region in response to strong investment and increased interest by German-American companies.

The primary role of the new office, located within the Chamber’s facilities at One Woodward, is to provide services to companies that are in the process of expanding their transatlantic trade and investment in Michigan and the region. This effort is consistent with Business Attraction’s efforts to attract world-class talent and investment to Detroit. Until now, the sole Midwestern branch of the GACC had been in Chicago, but increasing German exports from Michigan and increased demand of more than 360 German companies with operations in the state drove the need for expansion.

To view the full release, click here.

Leadership Detroit Announces Participants for Class XXXV

The Detroit Regional Chamber recently unveiled the participants in Leadership Detroit Class XXXV, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

Class XXXV features 70 executives from across Southeast Michigan who represent several industries including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations. View the full class roster here.

Detroit in Exclusive Group of Cities to Host Innovation Festival, OpenCo Detroit, September 12

Detroit continues to add to its reputation as a hub for high-quality innovation and business minds, evident by its appointment as one of only four cities to host an OpenCo innovation summit this year. Dubbed as OpenCo Detroit, the event will run on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at locations throughout the city.

This all-day business conference includes the vibe of a music festival, and will grant access to more than 60 exciting Detroit-based businesses that will host 45-minute interactive sessions pertaining to industry-related innovation. The event is free to the public and will celebrate companies that value open systems of collaboration, communication, company and community. Attendees will be introduced to the founders and executives of these innovative firms and learn about how and why they are trying to change the world.

For detailed information on the event, including the participating businesses and the times and locations of their presentations, click here.