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May 21: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to Provide Unique Insight to Detroit Revitalization; Mackinac Policy Conference Registration Closes Today at Noon

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to Provide Unique Insight to Detroit Revitalization

The Chamber announced Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, beginning a critical discussion on urban revitalization. As cities around the nation watch Detroit’s bankruptcy process, Mayor Landrieu will provide unique insight from New Orleans’ transformation and highlight key lessons learned for Detroit.

Following Mayor Landrieu’s address, he will participate in an on-stage discussion with moderator Craig Fahle, general manager, broadcast and programming; host, “The Craig Fahle Show,” WDET.

The session precedes other related programming focused specifically on Detroit and urban revitalization, including a keynote address by Kevyn Orr, emergency manager, City of Detroit. Later in the morning, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor, Detroit Free Press, will moderate a panel on Detroit’s future with Michigan leaders: Gerry Anderson, chairman and CEO, DTE Energy; Jase Bolger, speaker, Michigan House of Representatives; Brenda Jones, president, Detroit City Council; and Rip Rapson, president and CEO, The Kresge Foundation.

Mayor Landrieu joins a strong lineup of keynote speakers and panelists that will highlight the Conference’s pillars of entrepreneurship, STEM education and impact. For more information on the Conference, and to register, click here.

Mackinac Policy Conference Next Week; Registration Closes Today at Noon

The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference will take place next week, from Tuesday, May 27 through Friday, May 30 at Grand Hotel. The registration deadline for the Conference is today at noon. On-site registration will still be available at the following rates:

$2,150 Chamber members
$2,925 Future members

Please note that the spouse rate will not be an option for on-site registrants.

The Conference is focused on the critical topics of entrepreneurship, STEM education and impact, and will illustrate the vital aspects of each to the strength of Michigan’s economy and global competitiveness. Visit the Conference website to view full agenda details and speaker information for an impressive list of national experts and state and local leaders.

Be sure to join more than 1,500 Michigan business professionals, government leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs and regional champions for one of the nation’s most unique public policy events. To register for the Conference, click here.

Chamber CEO Testifies in Lansing on Behalf of Detroit’s Plan of Adjustment

Last week, Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah testified before the newly formed House Committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future in support of the city’s Plan for Adjustment and bankruptcy settlement legislation.

A bill was recently introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives for Michigan to contribute $195 million to a “grand bargain” that will help settle Detroit’s bankruptcy and mitigate cuts to city employee pensions, while protecting art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. This plan is critical to settling Detroit’s bankruptcy and mitigating cuts to city employee pensions.

The Chamber is actively seeking support for the bill as the plan positions Detroit and Michigan for robust growth and success in the 21st century global economy. To show your support for moving this city, region and state forward, contact lawmakers by clicking here.

Chamber Plays Key Role in Federal Passage of Landmark Water Legislation

In an action critical to the region, Congress has passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA), which contains several landmark provisions for the Great Lakes. The bipartisan legislative initiative for the first time establishes the Great Lakes as a single navigation system, providing significant additional resources for harbor and channel maintenance.

Working as a leader of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, the Detroit Regional Chamber played a significant role in the development of the critical provisions relating to the Great Lakes and was involved in all phases of the legislative process. House legislative leaders on the WRRDA have credited their meeting with the Coalition last August as the turning point for the provisions affecting the Great Lakes, especially the creation of the Great Lakes Navigation System (GLNS). The GLNS designates all ports, harbors and connecting channels on the Great Lakes as a single, comprehensive navigation system for management and budgeting purposes. To read more about the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition and its efforts, click here.

Last Chance to Nominate an Emerging Leader for Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI, Deadline May 23

Leadership Detroit is looking for emerging, high-potential leaders who would be strong candidates for Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI, as the nomination deadline is Friday, May 23.

Leadership Detroit provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to leadership by creating awareness around key issues that affect the Detroit region and the opportunity to join a network of more than 1,800 Leadership Detroit graduates. To nominate a candidate, click here.

Chamber Seeks Local Merchants to Participate in New Gift Detroit Program

The Chamber is looking for merchants in the Detroit area to participate in Gift Detroit, a new member benefit program that will serve as a convenient platform for consumers to easily and effectively support area businesses by gifting locally.

Merchants that enroll in the program can benefit from increased business by offering exclusive discounts and perks to Chamber members and claiming Gift Detroit certificates. To sign up, click here.