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September 10: Gov. Snyder’s Campaign Launches ‘Road to Recovery’ Website; Chamber CEO Discusses Bankruptcy on Bloomberg News

Gov. Snyder’s Campaign Launches ‘Road to Recovery’ Website

A new microsite launched by Gov. Rick Snyder’s re-election campaign highlights how Michigan’s economy is on the “road to recovery.” The site provides voters a snapshot of the progress made across the state under the Governor’s bold leadership since taking office.

Users can view the economic impact of tourism, agriculture, public safety, jobs and education in their region. In metro Detroit alone, employment increased 7.4 percent between January 2012 and December 2013 while increasing the number of manufacturing jobs by 8 percent, or 18,475 new jobs, the site reports.

The site promotes Michigan as the “Comeback State,” a theme echoed by the Governor at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference. The Chamber was the only major business organization to endorse the Governor in the 2010 primary and is proud to support his re-election campaign.

To view the full website, click here.

Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Discusses City’s Bankruptcy on Bloomberg News

Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah spoke on Bloomberg TV’s “Bottom Line” last week to discuss Detroit’s bankruptcy trial and promote the city’s economic development. The appearance continued the Chamber’s efforts to help share the positive Detroit story through the media.

Addressing questions about the city’s bankruptcy proceedings for a national audience, Baruah lauded the state Legislature’s “grand bargain” for speeding up Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy, minimizing pension cuts for retirees and bringing nearly $1 billion in funding for the city that would otherwise not be there.

Baruah also credited Mayor Mike Duggan for his leadership in improving Detroit’s basic government services, including energizing the police department and working with the public lighting authority to install new LED lights across the city. In addition, Baruah called attention to the millions of dollars in private investment that occurred in the city during the past five years.

To watch the complete interview, click here.

Rod Alberts to Showcase Impact, Importance of NAIAS at MICHauto Summit, Sept. 23

As consumer preferences change and urbanization and demographic trends evolve, so too will the experience of buying and driving automobiles.

Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) and North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), will highlight NAIAS and its impact on Detroit and Michigan in a panel discussion titled “The Consumer Experience: Generations X, Y, Z and Beyond” at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on Sept. 23 at COBO Center in Detroit. Bob Shuman, owner of Shuman Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Ram in Walled Lake, will also examine the ever-changing consumer experience – from a dealership perspective.

Programming for the daylong Summit will feature Michigan’s Automotive Industry: Concept to Consumer and will focus on design outlook, engineering, manufacturing and all things automotive. In addition to Alberts, other key Michigan and automotive leaders scheduled to speak include: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Gov. Rick Snyder, Chrysler’s Ralph Gilles and GM’s Mark Reuss.

View the updated agenda or register today.

Candidate Spotlight: Rep. Lisa Posthumus-Lyons (R-Alto)

The Chamber’s PAC board was one of the first organizations to support state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons’ (R-Alto) initial candidacy in 2010 and is proud to offer its support again in 2014.

As chairwoman of the House Education Committee, Rep. Lyons has led efforts to implement sound policy that will brighten the future for Michigan’s children by preparing them for the challenges of a 21st century economy.

Rep. Lyons also sponsored legislation strengthening the efficacy of the Education Achievement Authority (HB-4369) and has been a vocal supporter of the Common Core State Standards.

Rep. Lyons’ leadership advances many of the Chamber’s 2014 policy initiatives well beyond education in her approval of Detroit-centered issues such as the Scrap Metal Regulatory Act and the Detroit bankruptcy settlement legislation. To view a full list of Chamber endorsed candidates, click here.

Chamber Promoting Region as ITS World Congress Kicks Off in Detroit

More than 10,000 of the world’s leading transportation experts and professionals are expected at COBO Center in Detroit this week for the 2014 ITS World Congress, which began on Monday.

The Chamber is partnering with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and several other like-minded organizations at the event to promote Michigan’s standing as the epicenter of the automotive industry and a leader in the future of mobility. The Business Attraction and MICHauto teams will be attending the event throughout the event in order to pursue new investment for the region and promote the state as the best place to compete in intelligent transportation.

The annual trade show, which showcases the latest innovation and technology in intelligent transportation, features keynotes from General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, as well as numerous exhibitions of autonomous cars on Belle Isle.

To learn more about ITS World Congress, click here.