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September 18, 2013: Meet New Automotive Adviser at Michigan Automotive Summit; Register Before Prices Increase

Meet New Automotive Adviser at Michigan Automotive Summit; Register Before Prices Increase

Nigel Francis, Michigan’s new senior automotive adviser, will join attendees at the 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit. Following the action-packed day of automotive programming, which includes a dynamic lineup of speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to network during a reception featuring Francis.

As the senior automotive adviser and the senior vice president of the Automotive Industry Office at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Francis is responsible for developing, implementing and executing a comprehensive strategic plan to promote, retain and grow the automotive industry in Michigan. Francis joins an agenda that already features Governor Rick Snyder, Dan Akerson, the chairman and CEO of General Motors Company and Osamu “Simon” Nagata, the president and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing N.A., Inc., Roger Curtis, the president of Michigan International Speedway and John McElroy, the host of “Autoline Daily,” among others.

Register now to avoid increased prices for on-site registration! To view more detailed information on the event and to complete your registration, please click here

Detroit Regional Chamber Joins Governor’s Asia Trip and Travels to Frankfurt Auto Show with New Automotive Adviser

The Chamber recently traveled to Asia and Europe joining Governor Rick Snyder’s Asia investment mission and attending the Frankfurt Auto Show with the state’s new auto adviser.

Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah attended the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference in Toyko. The long-standing annual meeting welcomes business leaders from the Midwest and Japan to strengthen relationships and business opportunities between the two countries. During the event, Baruah met with international media to discuss the city’s bankruptcy.

The Governor and Baruah then travelled to Beijing, to focus on strengthening trade relationships and business investments. Baruah joined the Governor for a press conference with international media to dispel misconceptions about Detroit’s bankruptcy and inform global Chinese firms about the benefits of locating their operations to Michigan. Baruah recently discussed the trip to Asia in an interview with WDET’s Craig Fahle.

Maureen Krauss, the Chamber’s vice president of economic development – business attraction, also attended the 65th Frankfurt Auto Show hosting Michigan’s new senior automotive adviser Nigel Francis on his first official trip in his new role. The Chamber team also joined executives from local companies in meeting with nearly 100 global companies about opportunities for their firms in the Detroit region.

For more updates on the Chamber’s business attraction efforts, click here.

Don’t Miss the Membership Maximizer at the Detroit Golf Club, Oct. 16

The Detroit Regional Chamber is hosting its Fall Membership Maximizer on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Detroit Golf Club. The event will provide first-rate networking and the opportunity to meet select Chamber employees, who can help attendees best utilize their Chamber membership through numerous programs and affiliates. Parking will be provided and business attire is required to enter the Clubhouse.

To learn more and register now for this free Chamber member event, please click here.

Immigration Reform Critical to Success of Detroit and Michigan

At the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder highlighted how immigration reform is critical to the success of Michigan’s economy. With Congress expected to debate the issue this legislative session, the result could have a tremendous impact on Detroit and Michigan.

Proposed legislation, such as the SKILLS Visa Act would address a talent gap by expanding the number of H1-B visas and open the way for highly skilled immigrants to bring their skills to the Michigan workforce. Doing so would increase businesses’ ability to compete in the global economy by bolstering Michigan’s workforce.

Chamber president and CEO, Sandy Baruah, recently discussed the topic in an interview with WDET’s Craig Fahle. He also wrote a guest column in support of the legislation in the Detroit Free Press. Click here to read the article.

MIHealthAnswers to Host Series of Interactive Health Care Reform Educational Events

As the Affordable Care Act takes effect, there are more questions about how health care reform will impact businesses. MIHealthAnswers is hosting a series of interactive educational events to educate small business owners and decision-makers on health care reform.

These two-hour events are free and will provide attendees the opportunity to engage in small group discussions with health reform experts from different fields, who will be present to answer questions and discuss health insurance marketplaces, subsidies, tax credits, compliance issues and more.

For more information, and to view the schedule of health care reform interactive events, please click here.