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June 11, 2013: Mayor Archer Honored by Emperor of Japan; Don’t Miss Rockin’ at the Reserve Reception This Thursday

Mayor Dennis Archer Honored for Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun by Emperor of Japan

In recognition of his significant contribution to the strengthening ties between the U.S. and Japan, former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer has been chosen to be honored with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Japan. Archer was honored in Detroit at an official conferment ceremony and celebration on June 3.

During his term as mayor from 1994-2001, Archer cultivated ties with the Japanese business community in the state of Michigan and worked to promote friendship between the U.S. and Japan. He currently serves as chairman emeritus of Dickinson Wright law firm in Detroit and has been praised as one of the top lawyers in the U.S. He has also served as chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber. To read more, click here.

Don’t Miss an Engaging Time You Can Bank on This Thursday During Rockin’ at the Reserve

Stop by the Detroit Regional Chamber’s summer membership reception,Rockin’ at the Reserve this Thursday, June 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch. Register today and receive two registrations for the price of one. After you have confirmed your registration, you will be prompted to choose if you would like to add a complimentary guest to the registration.

Attendees have the opportunity to yield a strong return on their networking investment and generate sales leads with more than 300 of the region’s top professionals in a fun, after-work environment. Click here to learn more and register today for this exclusive Chamber member event.

Detroit Free Press Calls on Legislature to Adopt Common Core Standards

Less than two weeks after StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush brought a candid discussion on education reform to the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, the state Legislature is considering whether or not to implement Common Core educational standards. A recent editorial in the  Detroit Free Press highlights the importance of the Legislature taking action on this key educational issue.

The Detroit Regional Chamber supports implementing these standards as part of providing students a quality education and bolstering the workforce Michigan needs to compete in the 21st century global economy. The Chamber has also partnered with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce,StudentsFirst, Business Leaders for Michigan, and Education Trust Midwest among many others in support of the Common Core. To read the full Detroit Free Press article, click here.

Join us to Celebrate Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV’s Commencement         

Join Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV, trustees and alumni to celebrate the graduation of LD Class XXXIV. The event will be held Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Detroit Yacht Club in Detroit. Deidre Bounds, XXV, chief operating officer, Ignite Social Media, will provide perspective and share ideas on the importance of leveraging leadership skills when navigating change. Register today for your chance to connect with top leaders. This event is sponsored by Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. 

MICHauto Hosts Middle School Students for Tour of Nissan Tech Center      

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program hosted students from Detroit’s University Prep Middle School for an interactive tour of the Nissan Technical Center North America in Farmington Hills. The students were treated to a morning of demonstrations on everything from computer aided design and engineering in vehicle safety and restraints to environmental and noise simulations.

The tour took place immediately following the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, where several speakers and panelists discussed the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the need to address the talent gap in Michigan. To find out how your business can participate in future tours, please contact MICHauto Program Manager Rob Luce at 313.596.0383.

Detroit Regional Chamber Partnering with MEDC, BCBSM for Matchmaking Summit, July 11           

The Detroit Regional Chamber is partnering with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program to host a “Connection Point” matchmaking summit with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) on July 11 in Detroit. Click here for more information on specified needs or to fill out an application, due by June 14.

BCBSM is in the process of selecting Michigan companies to discuss potential business opportunities. The selected companies will receive 20-minute, pre-arranged private meetings. For questions, or if you have difficulty accessing the application, please contact Ryan Michael at