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March 24: Governor, Chamber Make Push for ‘Yes’ Vote to Fix Michigan’s Roads

Governor, Chamber Make Push for ‘Yes’ Vote to Fix Michigan’s Roads

With the May 5 election rapidly approaching, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams joined Gov. Rick Snyder and other Proposal 1 supporters in an effort to help spread the word about the importance of voting “yes” to fix Michigan’s roads.

Last week, Williams joined the Governor, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly, Walbridge CEO and Chairman John Rakolta Jr., and other supporters of Proposal 1 as part of the Safe Roads Yes! Coalition event in Dearborn.

Williams helped deliver the message that safe and effective roads are critical to Michigan’s competitiveness and that Michigan’s crumbling transportation infrastructure is emerging as a significant deterrent in the Chamber’s efforts to attract domestic and foreign investment while also negatively impacting commerce across the state.

“Good roads, safe roads aren’t luxury items. They’re an absolute necessity in today’s competitive global economic environment,” Williams said, indicating that Michigan’s roadways were once an asset in business attraction efforts to the state, but now are a deterrent.

In addition to several interviews with the media last week, the Chamber also released a toolkit for its members to distribute to educate their employees and stakeholders about the importance of voting “yes” on Proposal 1. Click here to access the toolkit.

Gallup Poll Ranks Metro Detroit Sixth in Nation for Job Creation

A new Gallup poll released last week ranks metro Detroit sixth in the nation for job creation. The study included the nation’s 50 largest metro areas and more than 200,000 phone interviews with U.S. households in 2014.

Questions included whether employers are hiring workers and expanding the size of their workforce versus downgrading. Of those interviewed in the Detroit area, 47 percent said their place of employment was hiring. Based on the answers, Detroit’s job creation score was 35, up 13 points from the 2012-2013 survey. The region was surpassed only by the Orlando, Houston, San Francisco, Austin and Salt Lake City areas.

During the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup Inc., delivered keynote remarks, encouraging Michigan businesses to enhance workforce development programs in order to motivate and cultivate entrepreneurial-minded employees who will then drive innovation and job growth.

March Detroiter on Innovation in Health Care, Education Hits Newsstands this Week

The March Detroiter featuring health care leadership and innovation with Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting on the cover hits newsstands this week. Click here to read select content online, including portions of a special section on the role of the business community in education reform.

Hone Your Skills in Supply Chain Management During Wayne State University Seminar

Wayne State University (WSU), in cooperation with AIAG, is offering a one week, automotive industry-focused, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Seminar on May 10-15 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The seminar is designed to provide purchasing and supply chain executives, senior managers, leaders and other functional personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve company supply chain management contributions to cost, financial and overall performance.

Announced speakers include Robert Monczka, WSU senior research fellow for supply chain management; and John Taylor, chairman of WSU’s Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the School of Business Administration. For more information or to register, click here.

Share Your Input in Reinventing Performance in Michigan Survey

Chamber members are encouraged to share their candid input into ways in which state government can improve the regulatory processes and climate through the Reinventing Performance in Michigan (RPM) survey, in five minutes or less. Click here to take the survey before April 12.