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December 2: Gov. Snyder’s China Trade Mission Bolsters Businesses, Jobs in Michigan; Outlook Survey Gauges Economic Health of Detroit Region

Gov. Snyder’s China Trade Mission Bolsters Businesses, Jobs in Michigan

Capitalizing on the growing interest of Chinese firms to invest in Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber participated in a weeklong trade mission to China with Gov. Rick Snyder in November to promote economic development opportunities in the region.

The Governor met with top executives from numerous Chinese companies in one-on-one business receptions and roundtable discussions, along with government officials in Beijing, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hangzhou to address Michigan’s economic recovery and Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy. The Governor also signed a memorandum of understanding between the Michigan Automotive Office and Chinese Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Automotive Committee. The agreement provides for a U.S.-China automotive forum both at the North American International Auto Show and the Shanghai/Beijing Auto Show.

The trip included several contract signings between Chinese and Michigan companies, including Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. The company’s STEC USA subsidiary will locate a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Madison Heights, investing more than $100 million and creating more than 1,000 jobs in the state. These contracts will increase export opportunities from Michigan to China.

As part of the trip, Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development for the Chamber, helped facilitate meetings with the Governor, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and several key Chinese prospects to ensure that the Detroit region is front and center for future investment.

Outlook Survey Gauges Economic Health of Detroit Region

With a new year approaching, the Detroit Regional Chamber is seeking members’ input in the 2015 Michigan Economic Outlook Health Check survey. This online survey gathers employees’ perspectives on the economic outlook for their organization, community, region and state. Data collected from the survey will provide valuable feedback for future discussions focused on creating a healthy economic environment conducive to growing businesses in Michigan.

The economic health check is simple and easy to complete in five minutes or less. The deadline to complete the survey is Thursday, Dec. 11. Click here to access the survey.

Learn Secrets of Fortune 50 Companies to Boost Health Care Engagement Among Employees

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber in partnership with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) at Forward Thinking: Driving Health Care Value through Employee Engagement, an intimate workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the AIAG headquarters in Southfield.

Speakers include Laurie Cosgrove, manager of health and welfare benefits at Robert Bosch LLC, who will share strategies and tactics that drive health engagement among Bosch’s almost 25,000 North American employees. Also, attendees will hear from associates from ROC Group, whose client list includes McDonald’s, Kraft Foods Group, and PepsiAmericas Inc., on how to communicate health benefits with employees and their families. The workshop provides tools and resources to drive greater employee engagement and satisfaction from a company’s current benefits portfolio.

Click here to apply to be selected for a free registration valued at $250 per person. Space is limited, and only two people per company are allowed to attend. Applications must be submitted no later than Dec.19. Winners will be notified by Jan. 9, 2015.