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July 28: Bridge Authority Seeking Contractors for Work on Gordie Howe International Bridge Project

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority Seeking Contractors for Work on Gordie Howe International Bridge Project

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority will host an Industry Day on Aug. 5-6 for businesses to meet and network with local, regional and national contractors, suppliers and service providers that have completed a request for qualifications (RFQ) for work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge. This networking event is open to Southeast Michigan businesses specializing in infrastructure (roads and buildings) construction, facilities management, electrical, plumbing, heavy equipment operators, material suppliers, designers and architects, and other skilled trades.

Industry Day will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts in Windsor on Aug. 5 and the Atheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit on Aug. 6. Space is limited and participation is on a first come, first served basis.

Support for the bridge, along with improvements to Michigan’s transportation infrastructure, continues to be the Chamber’s No. 1 legislative priority. Click here to register for Industry Day.


Automotive Leaders Kevin Kerrigan, Kirk Steudle to Highlight Next-Generation Innovation at MICHauto Summit, Sept. 30

Kevin Kerrigan, senior vice president of the Automotive Office for the state of Michigan, and Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, will lead a powerful panel discussion on the future of mobility at the 2015 MICHauto Summit on Sept. 30 at Cobo Center. Building off the theme, “The Connected Culture: Shaping Michigan’s Automotive Future,” the Summit will focus on Michigan as the center for advanced mobility and connected vehicle technology and its need for a robust talent pipeline driven by a relentless culture of innovation. It will be held in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Global Symposium on Connected Vehicles.

Award-winning journalist John McElroy, host of “Autoline Daily,” will lead a panel discussion with Kerrigan and Steudle, along with Andreas Mai, director of smart connected vehicles at Cisco Systems Inc., about challenges facing Michigan’s automotive industry, as well as the work being done in intelligent vehicle research and development. Panelists will also share their unique perspectives on the convergence of the industry with the Internet of Everything (IoE) and the infrastructure required to make it all work.

Click here to register and view an updated Summit agenda on the Chamber’s website.


Detroit Regional Chamber Announces New Board Members, Mark Davidoff as Board Chair

The Detroit Regional Chamber is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The announcement was made at the Board’s July meeting.

Mark Davidoff, Michigan managing partner of Deloitte, was elected Board chair and will replace Plunkett Cooney President and CEO Henry B. Cooney, who remains on the Board as immediate past chair. Davidoff recently served as chair of the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference. His vision and leadership will continue to guide the Chamber’s mission to support businesses across Southeast Michigan in the coming year.

In addition to Davidoff’s role as chair, the Chamber welcomes several new directors including: Carl Camden, president and CEO of Kelly Services Inc.; Byron Foster, group vice president and general manager for Johnson Controls; John Fox, president and CEO of Beaumont Health; Dennis Mannion, president and CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment; Jean Meyer, president and CEO of St. John Providence Hospital; Joseph Mullany, CEO of Detroit Medical Center; David Rouls, managing director of Accenture; Brad Simmons, director of government and stakeholder relations at Ford Motor Co.; and Carla Walker-Miller, president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services Inc. For the full list of Board members, click here.


Beaumont, Henry Ford and University of Michigan Named ‘Best Hospitals’ by U.S. News & World Report

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Chamber members Beaumont Health, Henry Ford Health System and the University of Michigan for being named a “best hospital” by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings include analysis of 5,000 medical centers and their individual specialties across the country.

The University of Michigan and Beaumont Hospital topped the list, ranking No. 1 and 2 in Michigan respectively, while Henry Ford Hospital ranked sixth. Beaumont also had nine nationally-ranked specialties and was named 16th in the nation for orthopedics and 17th for diabetes care, while U-M had 11 nationally-ranked specialties and was named 10th in the nation for urology and ophthalmology care. Henry Ford’s innovative neurology and neurosurgery department was also ranked 46th in the nation, with a specific focus on adult patient care.

The 2015 rankings are a positive example of how the Detroit region continues to be home to innovative hospitals and health care professionals that provide world-class care and help grow the economy of Southeast Michigan. Click here to read the full U.S. News & World Report analysis.