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August 27: Gov. Snyder to Deliver Keynote at 2014 MICHauto Summit; Chamber Members Pack New Networking Reception with Mayor Duggan

Governor Rick Snyder to Showcase Auto Industry During Keynote at 2014 MICHauto Summit, Sept. 23

The automotive industry is helping to drive Michigan’s economic resurgence and is the perfect foundation to drive the state’s future growth. Governor Rick Snyder will highlight the state’s efforts to keep Michigan the global center of the automotive industry at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on September 23 at COBO Center in Detroit.

Under the Governor’s administration, Michigan has led the nation in recovering from the Great Recession. Michigan is number one in manufacturing job growth and the creation of 275,000 private sector jobs has brought down the state’s unemployment rate 4 percentage points, its lowest since 2008.

Programming for the daylong event will feature Michigan’s Automotive Industry: Concept to Consumer and focus on the outlook on design, engineering, manufacturing and all things automotive. View the updated agenda or register today.

Chamber Members Pack New Networking Reception with Mayor Duggan

Nearly 300 Chamber members packed an exclusive event Tuesday night as Mayor Mike Duggan spoke about the new era in Detroit and his work to move the city forward at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. During his remarks, the Mayor gave an overview of progress since he took office and introduced key staff to attendees.

“This is going to be a new day. People in this city who held up progress are going to be stopped,” said the Mayor.

The Networking Reception is part of a new quarterly Chamber event series that will showcase the Big Four regional leaders and their key staff as well as Chamber Board members. To see a list of upcoming Chamber events, click here.

Support Governor Rick Snyder’s Reelection, Michigan’s Reinvention at Breakfast Fundraiser, Sept. 15

Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah and a host committee of Michigan leaders are hosting a fundraising breakfast reception in support of Governor Rick Snyder September 15 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Under Governor Snyder’s leadership, Michigan has reinvented itself as the comeback state, leading the nation in economic recovery. His pragmatic, common-sense reforms have made Michigan more globally competitive and set up a foundation for economic success. The Chamber is proud to be amongst his most vocal supporters in his bid for reelection.

To register, click here. For more information or questions, please contact Brad Williams at 517.402.1744.

World Economic Forum Publishes Detroit Case Study Authored by Chamber Economic Development Team

The Competitiveness of Cities,” a report released recently by the World Economic Forum, included a case study on the city of Detroit co-authored by members of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s economic development team. The report examines the common factors that make global cities competitive through numerous case studies, and was introduced through a webinar featuring participants from every populated continent.

The Detroit case study provides background on the city as well as analysis and data on the challenges and opportunities present in Detroit’s economic development as it navigates bankruptcy. The Chamber’s contributors are listed in the endnotes of the 60-page report.

The World Economic Forum, which hosts the annual Davos Leadership Forum in Switzerland, has been studying competitiveness for over 30 years by focusing on the assessment of the productive potential of countries. The report can be downloaded as a PDF, where the Detroit case study is available in Chapter 5 on page 34.

See the Prestigious Borg Warner Trophy at the 2014 Get Your Heart Racing Pit Party

The 2014 “Get Your Heart Racing” Pit Party is only a few weeks away, and this year’s fundraiser offers a unique photo opportunity with the historic Borg Warner Trophy, which has been awarded to every winner of the Indianapolis 500 race since 1936. Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah is proud to serve as a chair for this year’s event, which takes place September 12 at Eastern Market’s Shed 3.

The “Get Your Heart Racing” Pit Party is an annual event organized by Henry Ford Health System and Ford Motor Company to raise funds for the state-of-the-art Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. The fundraiser ensures that the institute can continue its life-saving work.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Kim Streich at 313.874.4039.

Candidate Spotlight: Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-Columbus Twp.), District 32

As a representative of portions of Macomb and St. Clair counties, State Representative Andrea LaFontaine (R-Columbus Twp.) understands the importance of a strong relationship between Detroit and the rest of the state. Her leadership on Detroit and other key issues impacting the regional economy earn her the endorsement of the Chamber’s Political Action Committee Board.

Rep. Lafontaine demonstrated her commitment to the region through her approval of the Detroit bankruptcy settlement legislation in the Grand Bargain. In addition, Rep. LaFontaine has fought to protect the Great Lakes as chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, while resisting constraints to businesses that provide over 500,000 jobs across the state.

The Chamber supports pragmatic, pro-economic growth candidates that advance Michigan’s reinvention. For a full list of Chamber-endorsed candidates, click here.