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August 20, 2014: Chrysler LLC Group’s Ralph Gilles to Deliver Keynote at MICHauto Summit; Chamber Endorses Rep. Klint Kesko for Michigan’s 39th District

Chrysler Group LLC’s Ralph Gilles to Deliver Keynote at 2014 MICHauto Summit

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program has announced that Ralph Gilles, who serves as president and CEO, Motorsports and senior vice president, product design, for Chrysler Group LLC, will deliver a keynote address at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on September 23 at COBO Center in Detroit. The second annual statewide Summit has the theme of Michigan’s Automotive Industry: Concept to Consumer, and will explore the new era of Michigan innovation and the blueprint it sets for the rest of the global automotive industry.

“Few are positioned like Ralph Gilles to shed light on the depth of engineering and cutting-edge design that go into today’s automobile,” said Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto and strategic development for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Building on his work in helping to reinvent a classic American brand at Chrysler, Gilles continues to develop vehicles whose design and performance are equally impressive.”

To learn more about the Summit, including an updated agenda and list of speakers, visit To register, click here.

Candidate Spotlight: Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Walled Lake), House District 39

Michigan’s 39th House District is considered one of the key competitive races in the 2014 election cycle. The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Board has endorsed Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Walled Lake) for reelection for his second term based on his consistent pro-economic growth record and commitment to Michigan’s comeback.

Rep. Kesto’s strong record of support for Chamber priorities include votes in favor of Medicaid expansion, the Education Achievement Authority and the Michigan Promise Zone legislation. His previous experience includes time as a prosecuting attorney in Wayne County and as the manager of his small family business, as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Justice. He currently serves as vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

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

Annual Report: Michigan’s Recovery Leading the Nation, Expanded Economic Growth Expected

According to a new report by Business Facilities, Michigan ranks among the top states for employment recovery following the Great Recession, trailing only South Carolina. Further, the report lists Detroit and Grand Rapids as among the top regions in the country for economic growth.

The rankings from Business Facilities, which is often used by corporations in site selection decisions, reinforce the progress under Governor Rick Snyder in building a better business climate and driving growth through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Since December 2010, Michigan has created 295,500 private sector jobs, led by new jobs in manufacturing and professional and business services. Michigan also leads the nation with 120,000 new manufacturing jobs since 2009.

The report also cites Michigan as the number one state for automotive jobs as it continues to “rule the roost as supply chain job leader” with 500,000 auto-related jobs, which represents 22 percent of the U.S. auto industry workforce.

To read the full state report, click here. To read the metro report, click here.