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June 18, 2013: Medicaid Expansion Passes in Michigan House; Rep. Dingell Record-Breaking Tenure Celebrated in D.C.

Medicaid Expansion Passes in Michigan House of Representatives

The proposed expansion of Medicaid to more than 400,000 individuals in Michigan passed through the Michigan House of Representatives last week, a measure supported by Governor Rick Snyder as well as the Detroit Regional Chamber. The proposal is expected to head to the Senate floor before landing on Gov. Snyder’s desk to be signed before the Legislature breaks for summer.

Estimates indicate that this expansion would provide care to 450,000 out of 1.2 million uninsured Michigan residents. The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan estimates that the combination of increased provider tax revenue along with savings realized by eliminating general fund subsidies to other programs will result in a net savings to the state of $983 million over 10 years. To watch video coverage of the Chamber’s Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams on the subject, click here. For more information on current Chamber-backed public policy priorities, click here.

Rep. John Dingell Celebrated as Longest-Serving Congressional Member in D.C. Last Week

U.S. Rep. John Dingell became the longest-serving member in the history of the U.S. Congress on June 7, and was celebrated for this achievement last Thursday in the National Sanctuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol by Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner. The small but dignified ceremony was a rare display of bipartisanship with attendees ranging from former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to UAW President Bob King.

Rep. Dingell was also honored on the final day of the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference. Dingell has served Michigan in Congress for more than 57 years and has had a number of milestone achievements along the way. The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Rep. Dingell on this landmark accomplishment and thanks him for his lasting impact on our state and nation.

Chamber Hosts Economic Developers from Around Nation for Detroit’s 21st Century Comeback Tour

Last Tuesday, the Detroit Regional Chamber welcomed the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on a tour of Detroit touching on key issues and assets impacting Detroit’s ongoing transformation and comeback. The half-day tour featured speakers from the business community and showcased ongoing corporate investment in the city, tech incubation and innovation in districts like Midtown, private sector public safety efforts downtown and talent attraction and economic development efforts.

Hosting economic developers from around the country is an important piece of the Chamber’s strategy to change the conversation nationally and globally about the turnaround occurring in Detroit. As a result of this robust tour, 40 individuals from around the nation were provided an in-depth look at the change under way in the Motor City. Session highlights of the tour included:

  • “Detroit’s Financial Crisis and State Government Intervention” by Harvey Hollins III, director, Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, State of Michigan.
  • “Corporate Investment Efforts Leading to Community Enhancement” featuring: David Carroll, vice president of miscellaneous stuff, Quicken Loans; Robert Gregory, senior vice president, Downtown Detroit Partnership; Tricia Keith, senior vice president, corporate secretary and services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Trevor Lauer, vice president, distribution operations, DTE Energy.
  • “New International Trade Crossing” featuring: Roy Norton, consul general, Canadian Consulate; Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber.
  • “Developing a City Market and Local Food Economy – Detroit Eastern Market” featuring: Randall Fogelman, vice president, business development, Eastern Market Corporation; Red Elk Banks, executive operations coordinator, Whole Foods Market; Olga Stella, vice president, business development, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.
  • “Midtown Detroit and the Innovation Corridor” featuring: Don Jones, senior consultant, New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan; Sue Mosey, president, Midtown Detroit Inc.
  • “Project Lighthouse:  Safety in Downtown” at the Detroit Security Ops Center by Mike Bruggeman, senior vice president, security, Rock Ventures, LLC.
  • “Entrepreneur and Talent Infusion” featuring:  Gabe Karp, partner, Detroit Venture Partners; Jeff Aronoff, executive director, D:hive; Ryan Hoyle, director, global recruiting, GalaxE.Solutions; Greg Schwartz, CEO and co-founder, UpTo.

The Chamber partnered with Ann Arbor SPARK, Downtown Detroit Partnership and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation in hosting the Detroit tour as part of the IEDC’s annual spring conference held in Ann Arbor from June 9-11.

Hungry for Chamber Success? Don’t Miss Membership Maximizer at Buffalo Wild Wings, June 27

Are you new to the Detroit Regional Chamber or are you a standing member looking for new ways to get the most out of your membership? If so, the Chamber encourages you to attend the Membership Maximizer on June 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Detroit. You’ll hear from a panel of veteran members on how the Chamber’s resources have helped take their business and career to new heights. For more information or to register, click here.