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Chamber CEO: Governor Set Tone for Four More Years of Reinvention

DETROIT, January 20, 2015: Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s President and CEO Sandy Baruah released the following statements on Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address:

“Tonight Gov. Snyder set the tone for another four years of reinventing Michigan – starting with his call to vote “yes” on the ballot proposal to fix Michigan’s roads.

With talent the key to future economic growth, the Chamber echoes the Governor’s call for the Legislature to continue the conversation about making Michigan an attractive place for talented individuals regardless of sexual orientation. There’s also a need to provide greater opportunities to pursue training in the skilled trades and post-secondary education to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow.

With Detroit’s historic rebirth underway, the ultimate success of the city hinges on the neighborhoods. That will require the same political cohesion between Lansing and Detroit and public and private sectors that led to the Grand Bargain.  The Governor’s focus on the streamlining of delivery of social services and reimagining public education are the right steps to bring the economic opportunities in Detroit’s renaissance to Detroiters.”

Additional statements:

On Skilled Trades:

“Skilled trades and technical training are a critical part of increasing overall education attainment. The inability of businesses to find skilled workers stifles job creation and economic growth.  We applaud the Governor’s focus on skilled trades because it will help maintain the talent pipeline Michigan companies need to compete.”

Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

On Detroit’s comeback and Grand Bargain:

“Investors from around the world continue to reach out about doing business in Detroit. It’s a new era of opportunity in the city and state, due in large part to the Governor. His work throughout bankruptcy serves as one of the finest examples of executive leadership anywhere in quite some time. He continues to reject partisan politics to do what is best for Michigan. Building on the unprecedented political cohesion brokered in the Grand Bargain is of utmost importance to continuing the comeback of the city and state.”

Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members.


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