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Chamber, National Business League Partner with European Union on Trade

With more than 140,000 Michigan jobs connected to European direct investment, Detroit-area business leaders gathered at the Detroit Regional Chamber recently for a workshop hosted by the European Union (EU) designed to promote more international trade. The event, organized in partnership with the Chamber and the National Business League (formally Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce), brought together more than 40 business and government leaders to focus on how businesses can export to Europe and attract foreign investment and advocate for a pro-trade climate.

“Like Detroit, the EU is making a comeback,” said Caroline Vicini, deputy ambassador of the European Union to the United States, in kicking off the event. “In a globalized world, we need to stay open for business while making sure our economies are weatherproofed and our workers do not become collateral damage.”

Vicini called on participants to be a positive voice for trade, to push back on protectionist rhetoric, to support increases in international trade, and to advocate for even better trade relations between the United States and Europe.

Other speakers included: Jeanne Broad, international trade development manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC); William Butler, business development representative at the Detroit Regional Chamber; Eve Lerman, senior international trade specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and Virginia Wilkinson, director of strategy and research at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC).