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May 20: Chamber Releases Five Principles for Transportation Funding; Read Bill Ford’s Views on Auto Innovation

Chamber Releases Five Principles for Transportation Funding to Fix Roads

The Detroit Regional Chamber released its “Five Principles for Transportation Funding,” urging Gov. Snyder and the state Legislature to quickly develop a viable solution to properly fund Michigan’s transportation infrastructure following the defeat of Proposal 1. As lawmakers begin to debate alternatives, the principles provide a clear statement of the Chamber’s position on the issue, advocating that any fix must be both economically responsible and sustainable:

  • Michigan’s transportation infrastructure should be funded by users of the system.
  • The funding crisis has been decades in the making, an appropriate solution should be permanent and dedicated.
  • New revenue will be required to protect services that the business community and citizens demand.
  • Transportation is multi-modal and all modes of transportation are important to competitiveness.
  • Speed is important, but getting it right is more important.

Creating a sustainable long-term solution to Michigan’s roads remains a top priority for the Chamber. A staunch advocate for increased funding for Michigan’s transportation infrastructure, the Chamber will use the Mackinac Policy Conference to lead the discussion on the state’s path forward on this critical issue. To read the Chamber’s Five Principles for Transportation Funding” with full descriptions, click here.

Mackinac Policy Conference Preview: Bill Ford Shares Automaker’s Innovative Vision for the Future

Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford will return to Michigan’s Center Stage at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference to highlight his vision of next generation connected mobility and what that means for Ford Motor Co. and Michigan’s economy.

In the article, Ford explains how the company has focused its efforts around innovation and being nimble enough to seize opportunity in new technology. That approach, he says, is a necessity in today’s fast-paced automotive industry. No longer defined by stagnation, automakers are on the precipice of a sweeping mobility revolution. Recent initiatives like TechStars Mobility, Techshop and the Ford Smart Mobility Plan are a reflection of company’s continual to push to redefine itself and the next-generation mobility space.

To read Ford’s full interview with the Detroiter, click here.

JPMorgan Chase Investing in Workforce Training in Detroit; Don’t Miss Session at Mackinac Policy ConferenceOn Monday, JPMorgan Chase released the next steps of its five-year, $100-million commitment to the city of Detroit. Phase two of the investment plan includes funding for workforce training programs and small business expansion support. JPMorgan Chase will also map the city’s workforce opportunities, challenges, and resources in order to “help develop a more integrated, labor-market driven workforce development plan.” Following its initial commitment last year, the company said more than $30 has already been dedicated to Detroit.

Monday’s announcement comes in advance of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, which will include a session hosted by JPMorgan Chase titled “Investing in Detroit’s Workforce” on Thursday. A panel of experts will explore strategies for training providers and employers to work collaboratively to cultivate a pipeline of skilled workers, and opportunities for creating a demand-driven workforce system that meets the needs of jobseekers and employers.

The panel includes William Jones Jr., CEO of Focus: HOPE; Pamela Moore, president and CEO of Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.; Faye Nelson, vice president of public affairs at DTE Energy; and Alexis Wiley, chief of staff for Mayor Mike Duggan. Panelists will also discuss the recently released skills gap report, “Driving Opportunity in Detroit: Building a Middle-Skill Workforce to Strengthen Economic Recovery and Expand the Middle Class.” This session will be moderated by Chauncy Lennon, managing director of global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase.

Segway Inventor and FIRST Robotics Founder Dean Kamen Shares His Passion with Detroiter Magazine

Serial inventor Dean Kamen, holder of more than 400 U.S. patents, will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference next week. Check out a new article from the Detroit Regional Chamber’s upcoming special Conference edition of the Detroiter magazine profiling Kamen and his career as an inventor and entrepreneur. Click here to continue reading.