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January 29, 2013: Ex-Im Bank to Open in Detroit; WJR’s Paul W. Smith Broadcasting Live from Lansing, Jan. 31

State Leaders Announce Opening of Export-Import Bank of the U.S. in Detroit

Governor Rick Snyder joined Senator Debbie Stabenow, Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah and Congressmen John Dingell and Gary Peters to announce the opening of the new regional office of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg made the announcement yesterday at the Chamber offices. The new office will provide enhanced access to Ex-Im Bank services.

“The presence of the new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and today’s announcement of the opening of the Ex-IM Bank’s regional office in Detroit highlights Michigan’s central role in the global marketplace. This further reinforces that our state continues to drive innovation sought after around the world,” Baruah said.

Tune in for Live in Lansing with Paul W. Smith, This Thursday

Tune in for a special broadcast of WJR’s Paul W. Smith Show live from Lansing this Thursday, January 31 from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on WJR 760 AM. Members of the state government and special guests, including Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah, will join Smith to discuss what’s happening in the capital and what to expect moving forward. For more information on Smith’s show, click here.

Michelle Rhee to Keynote 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference; Hotels Open Feb. 1

Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst and former chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), is joining Michigan’s Center Stage at the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference. Rhee will offer a keynote address followed by an interactive question-and-answer session on the second day of the Conference, sponsored by PNC Bank. Rhee has been recognized for her efforts to successfully turn around DCPS, one of the nation’s worst performing school districts, before forming the bipartisan StudentsFirst organization in 2010. This year’s Conference, once again taking place from May 29-31, will spur a comprehensive dialogue on culture, education and the 21st century global market.

Mackinac Island hotels will begin taking room reservations on February 1 and you must be registered for the Conference to book a room. Click here to register for the Conference or for more information on speakers, Mackinac Island or the Conference agenda.

Get ‘Inside the Mind’ of Nissan’s Carla Bailo, Feb. 5

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber for this special presentation of Inside the CEO Mind featuring Carla Bailo, senior vice president of research and development for Nissan Americas, on Tuesday, February 5 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Nissan Technical Center North America. Attendees will once again be invited to tap into the mind of one of the region’s most influential executives and gain exclusive insight into Bailo’s experience directing vehicle engineering and development operations during this session.

Bailo is one of Nissan’s top executives and was recently featured in the January issue of the Chamber’s Detroiter magazine where she discussed the automotive assets in Southeast Michigan. For more information on this event or to register, click here.

Impacting Local Political Perception at 2013 Detroit Policy Conference

Don’t miss the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2013 Detroit Policy Conference on Thursday, February 28 at MotorCity Casino Hotel. One of the Conference sessions, “Impacting Change: Local Political Perception in 2013,” will provide insight on what businesses and residents will expect from candidates in the coming months. Panelists for this session include Nolan Finley, editorial page editor, The Detroit News; Mildred Gaddis, host, WCHB’s “Inside Detroit;” Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor, Detroit Free Press; and Vince Keenan, founder and president,

This year’s Conference will showcase Detroit’s continued transformation by inviting public and private sector leaders to share their expertise and inspire innovative solutions that encourage urban revitalization. For more information on speakers, the Conference agenda or to register, click here.

University Research Corridor Responsible for $15.5 Billion in Statewide Economic Impact

The University Research Corridor (URC) – made up of the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University – is responsible for $15.5 billion in economic impact statewide, exceeded $2 billion in annual research expenditures and awarded more than 31,600 degrees in one year according to an economic impact report released last week. The URC’s research and development spending grew by 43 percent from 2007 to 2011, topping six other major university research clusters across five states.

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroiter magazine recently highlighted the impact the URC has made on Michigan in its January edition. To read the full article, click here. For a copy of the full economic impact report, click here.

Register Today for Automation Alley’s IMPACT 2013, Feb. 21

Don’t miss the annual IMPACT business conference on February 21 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Sterling Inn Conference Center in Sterling Heights. The conference explores what it means to have an impact in today’s business environment, how to take advantage of key resources for business growth and how to connect with clients, colleagues and customers. During this half-day event, attendees will learn new strategies for building business, connect with local businesses to benefit the regional economy and grow resources for success. For more information or to register, click here.

Chamber CEO Talks Auto Industry with Frank Beckmann; NAIAS has Highest Turnout Since 2004

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah spoke with WJR’s Frank Beckmann during the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to discuss MICHauto and the automotive industry in Michigan. The 2013 NAIAS hosted a total of 795,416 visitors through its two-week run, making attendance the highest it’s been since 2004.  Click here to hear the full interview. For more information and additional coverage of the 2013 NAIAS, click here.

Register Now for Detroit Regional Chamber’s Membership Maximizer, Feb. 13

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber next month for a Membership Maximizer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13 at Airea, Inc. and discover the power of your Chamber membership. Membership Maximizers are new member orientations designed to exhibit the ways Chamber resources have helped take member businesses and careers to new heights. To learn more or to register for this free, Chamber-member exclusive event, click here.

Don’t Miss Leadership Detroit Class XXXV Informational Breakfast

Don’t miss your chance to learn about the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program, the application process and program benefits during an informational breakfast on February 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Detroit Zoo Ford Education Center. Attendees will hear from Leadership Detroit alumni on how the program has sharpened their own leadership skills. For more information or to register, click here.