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May 7: With Proposal 1 Defeat, Roads to be Addressed at Mackinac Policy Conference

With Proposal 1 Defeat, Roads to be Addressed at Mackinac Policy Conference

Despite Proposal 1’s defeat by the electorate on Tuesday, the Detroit Regional Chamber remains a staunch advocate for increased funding for Michigan’s transportation infrastructure, an issue that will be addressed at the upcoming Mackinac Policy Conference.

Without a sustainable, long-term solution, Michigan’s roads will continue to deteriorate, costing taxpayers more in the long run and further endangering the state’s economic recovery. The Chamber is calling on legislators to take action on a plan that properly invests in roads. The Chamber’s preference is a user fee-based system. Increased transportation funding is the Chamber’s No. 1 legislative priority for 2015 to ensure businesses and communities have a world-class transportation infrastructure.

To read the Chamber’s full statement on the defeat of Proposal 1, click here.

Chamber Applauds Michigan Senate for Withholding Vote on Religious Freedom Legislation

The Detroit Regional Chamber applauds the Michigan Senate for not taking up a vote on the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week and protecting business across the state. Similar legislation passed in Indiana and seemingly undermined the state’s pro-jobs reputation.

The Chamber’s Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams said that by not acting on the legislation, the Senate allows Michigan’s re-emergence as a national economic leader to continue. Williams said as Michigan continues to compete for global talent, state leaders should send a clear message that anyone is welcome to utilize their talents here.

Mark Hackel Stresses Importance of Regional Collaboration at Networking Reception

Speaking to a crowd of nearly 170 Detroit Regional Chamber members, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel called for an increase in regional collaboration to promote Michigan’s assets with a unified voice during the Chamber’s quarterly Networking Reception on April 29. Hackel said Macomb County and all of Southeast Michigan has a positive story to tell as the state competes for international talent and business investment.

In February, the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development honored the Chamber as a “Economic Development Partner of the Year” in appreciation for the Chamber’s collaboration with the county to host site selectors and foreign trade delegations and assistance with marketing the region.

The quarterly receptions showcase the Big Four regional leaders in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, and the city of Detroit, and are part of the Chamber’s ongoing effort to promote regional collaboration among business and political leaders across the Detroit region. Past speakers have included Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Startgrid Releases First Entrepreneur Advice Video Featuring Butterfly Effect Detroit Founder

Marlowe Stoudamire, founder of Butterfly Effect Detroit, is lending his business-savvy expertise to help Startgrid Detroit kick off its video series answering some of the most pressing questions from Detroit regional entrepreneurs. The series, titled “Ask Me Anything,” was filmed after entrepreneurs submitted questions to thought leaders on myriad topics on the Detroit Regional Chamber’s online community platform this past January.

Stoudamire’s professional experience spans nearly 20 years with local and national companies in areas of project management, marketing, business development, and multi-level relationship building. He attributes a combination of strong relationships, authenticity and cultural competence to his success. Check out Stoudamire’s segment as his shares what made him a success.

Click here for more information on Startgrid Detroit, or contact Devon O’Reilly at 313.596.0335.

Model D Article Promotes Detroit’s Food Business Entrepreneur Resources

A Model D series highlighting the food and agriculture industry in Southeast Michigan is promoting Detroit’s numerous resources for entrepreneurs. Partnering with the Detroit Food and Agriculture Network, Model D features startup businesses that have received assistance from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, FoodLab Detroit, Detroit Kitchen Connect and other incubator and mentoring groups.

Model D is seeking feedback and story ideas from food entrepreneurs in metro Detroit to help inform the public about the needs of businesses and entrepreneurs that help cultivate Southeast Michigan’s food economy. Click here to fill out the survey.