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February 12: Chamber Hosts Governor for State of Business Conversation over Lunch; Power Perspective Speakers Confirmed for Detroit Policy Conference

Chamber Hosts Governor for State of Michigan Business Conversation over Lunch

For the third straight year, the Chamber brought Governor Rick Snyder to its members for an exclusive address to the business community. During the “State of Michigan Business: A Conversation Over Lunch with Governor Snyder” on Feb. 7, he encouraged attendees to be passionate about their state, and proactively find ways to raise the bar in Michigan.

Addressing nearly 400 regional business leaders at the MGM Grand Hotel, Governor Snyder reinforced Michigan as the “Comeback State” and touted the state’s lofty job-creation numbers in manufacturing and high-tech industries, among others. He also highlighted Michigan’s addition of 225,000 private sector jobs and its No. 1 ranking for state income amongst Great Lakes states.

Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah introduced Governor Snyder and praised him for being a different kind of leader, one willing to take on the most difficult and necessary challenges that Michigan has faced.

The Chamber thanks Munder Capital Management for sponsoring the event. The full video of the event is available online. To view it, click here.

‘Power Perspective’ Speakers Confirmed for Detroit Policy Conference, Feb. 27

The Chamber has confirmed three “Power Perspective” sessions for its upcoming Detroit Policy Conference on Thursday, February 27. These brief sessions will center on select Detroiters with unique perspectives, who will inform and motivate attendees to take action in Detroit’s revitalization by sharing their stories. The confirmed Power Perspective speakers for the Conference include:

  • John Gallagher, Business Reporter, Detroit Free Press
  • M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University
  • Adam Hollier, Vice President, Hantz Woodlands

To register and to view complete information for the Conference, including an updated agenda and lineup of speakers, click here.

Chamber Applauds Gov. Snyder’s Budget Plan to Improve Michigan’s Business Climate

The Chamber applauds Governor Snyder and his recently released budget recommendations for FY 2015. As the Chamber continues to advocate for a pro-business agenda that drives the business climate for members, it commends the budget’s significant proposals to help develop a talented workforce and attractive economic climate throughout Michigan. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Investing an additional $254 million in Michigan’s roads and bridges, fully utilizing federal matching fund dollars.
  • Providing $150 million to Michigan’s community colleges and universities to upgrade programs in engineering and other high-wage, high-skill jobs that are in demand across the state.
  • A $19.4 million increase (3%) in constitutional revenue sharing and a 15% increase in Economic Vitality Incentive Program funding.
  • Establishing an annual $17.5 million payment to resolve ongoing issues in the bankruptcy of Detroit and help minimize impacts to pensioners, for a total investment of $350 million over 20 years.
  • Depositing an additional $120 million in to Michigan’s Budget Stabilization Fund, increasing the state’s reputation among bond rating agencies and loan institutions.

Click here for more information on the proposed FY 2015 budget. To learn more about the Chamber’s policy initiatives, click here.

Great Lakes Metro Chambers Advocate for Region in D.C.

The Detroit Regional Chamber led a series of legislative visits by members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, which took place in Washington, D.C. on January 29-30. The visits covered issues of special significance to the Great Lakes economy. Executives from nine chambers met with 25 congressional leaders from the Great Lakes to push for completion of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

Coalition members also pressed for immigration reform, especially significant increases in employment-based visas, and warned of the impact and attainability of EPA-proposed carbon emission standards.

To read more about the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, click here.