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Keep Up On All of Destination Detroit’s Business Attraction Efforts From the Past Few Months

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s award-winning Destination Detroit team has been busy traveling the globe and nation promoting the Detroit region to companies and site selectors. Some trip highlights from the past few months include:

Oct. 29-30: Israel Fuel Choice and Mobility Summit
Joined by Oakland County and PlanetM, the Chamber returned to Israel for the country’s second largest mobility conference and tradeshow. The teams met with more than 50 Israeli startups with connected, autonomous, shared, and electric (CASE) technologies and a number of established global automotive leaders.

Nov. 26-30: Vehicle and Transportation Technology Innovation Meetings (VTM)
The Chamber traveled to Torino, Italy for VTM Torino, an event convening the traditional Italian automotive industry with new disruptive technology and mobility companies across Europe. As the global leader of next-generation mobility, the Chamber represented the Detroit region at the show and participated in more than 20 meetings with companies interested in relocating to the region alongside Comerica Bank, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) and Oakland County.

Nov. 26-30: Automobility LA
Similar to the North American International Auto Show’s AutoMobili-D exhibit, the LA Auto Show kicked off with AutoMobility LA. The Chamber traveled with the MEDC and PlanetM to attract startup companies with automotive and mobility technology to the Detroit region, while promoting the PlanetM Landing Zone. The team met with more than 13 startups, an OEM, a global accelerator and an engineering firm interested in the Detroit region.

Site Selector Outreach Trips
Over the past few months, the Chamber has participated in site selection trips to Cleveland, Ohio and Nashville, Tenn. to gain leads for businesses interested in re-locating to the Detroit region. Through both trips with regional economic development partners, the team met with more than 30 site selectors.

Update on Destination Detroit and the New Business Attraction Entity
In early November, the Chamber shared that Barry Matherly was selected as the CEO for the new business attraction and regional marketing entity. The entity was formed through collaborative efforts by the Chamber and a group of business and philanthropic CEOs from across the region. Matherly will lead the new entity from the Chamber offices and the Chamber’s Destination Detroit team will transition over to become employees of the new entity in the new year. Learn more about the progression of the new entity here.