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April 14: Mike Rowe, Host of CNN’s ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ to Deliver Keynote Address at Mackinac Policy Conference

Mike Rowe, Host of CNN’s ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ to Deliver Keynote Address at Mackinac Policy Conference

Mike Rowe, host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” and an avid skilled trades advocate, will take the stage to deliver a keynote address at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference, held at the historic Grand Hotel from May 26-29.

Known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” Rowe made a name for himself while hosting the hit show “Dirty Jobs” for eight seasons on the Discovery Channel. Rowe visited Mackinac Island when working as a bridge maintainer on the show and will return to the island to join the dynamic lineup of speakers at the 2015 Conference.

As host of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” Rowe visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs and collectors. Based on his experiences, Rowe will share with attendees the importance of providing training for skilled trades professions and the need for such programs within the talent market.

Additional announced speakers at this year’s Conference include: Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments LLC and chair of DreamWorks Animation; John Hope Bryant, CEO and founder of Operation Hope and founder of Bryant Group Ventures; and Doris Kearns Goodwin, best-selling author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” Click here to view the updated agenda.

The annual, four-day Conference is the Chamber’s signature event, convening over 1,500 business, community and government leaders to discuss and shape statewide policy. This year’s Conference pillars will focus on talent, urban revitalization, and cohesion, three key catalysts necessary to ensure the state’s dynamic and geometric growth. Click here to register.

Prices Increase April 22 for Networking Reception Featuring Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel

Time is running out to register for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s upcoming Networking Reception featuring Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. Join over 300 Detroit Regional Chamber members from companies of all sizes and industries from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 at Andiamo restaurant in Warren. Connect with other business leaders who support good governance for the region, as Hackel shares brief remarks with attendees and introduces his key staff.

The quarterly receptions showcase the Big Four regional leaders in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, and the city of Detroit, and are part of the Chamber’s ongoing effort to promote regional collaboration among business and political leaders across the Detroit region. Past speakers have included Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Click here to register.

Businesses Wanted for ‘Grow Detroit’s Young Talent’ Summer Employment Program

With six weeks left for sponsoring businesses to participate, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT), Mayor Mike Duggan’s summer employment program, has signed up more than 4,600 youths to date. The program, which kicked off in January at the Detroit Regional Chamber, combines work readiness training with on the-job experience for Detroiters ages 14 to 24.

Employers that can provide six weeks of paid employment for 20 hours per week are still needed by the May 30 deadline in order for GDYT to meet its goal of providing 5,000 Detroit residents with real-world career experience.

Duggan will host an information session for prospective businesses on Wednesday, April 29 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the 13th floor auditorium inside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. For more information about GDYT, or to sign up, contact Shawn Blanchard, director of youth services for the city of Detroit, at 313.492.0660.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Promotion Offers Discounted Gym Membership for Chamber Members

The Detroit Regional Chamber in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is offering an exclusive three-month gym membership discount promotion for Chamber members. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Blue365 program teamed up with Healthways Fitness Your Way to help employees meet their fitness goals without breaking the bank. During the month of April, Chamber members can sign up for a $25 per month gym membership honored at more than 9,000 national and local participating fitness locations. By signing up for a three-month commitment, the $25 enrollment fee will be waived.

To take advantage of this offer, visit and click on “redeem now,” then “continue” to be directed to the Healthways Fitness Your Way home page. Once you’re on the Healthways Fitness Your Way site, you can search by ZIP code for participating locations, review the Frequently Asked Questions section and waive your enrollment fee by entering the code DRCFIT at checkout. For more information, contact Matt Landry at 313.596.0414.