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October 15, 2013: New Video Showcases Mackinac Policy Conference; Dennis Archer Jr. to Headline Chamber Event

New Video Showcases Mackinac Policy Conference

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s newly released video provides an insider’s view of the Mackinac Policy Conference — which stands as one of the nation’s most unique public policy events. The video is designed to capture all the elements of the annual event, on and off the stage, as it brings top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs and regional champions to Michigan’s Center Stage.

The Chamber will use the video to help share the event’s impact and one-of-a-kind dynamic with a larger audience as well as a recruiting tool for high-profile speakers. The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference is scheduled for May 28-30, 2014. To view the video, click here.

Dennis Archer Jr. to Headline Chamber’s Inside the CEO Mind Event

There is still time register for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Inside the CEO Mind event, featuring Dennis Archer Jr., president and CEO of Ignition Media Group (IMG), from 8 to10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23 at Alden Towers.

Archer will share insight on IMG’s continued growth during this exclusive, intimate discussion. Following his presentation, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session and take a special tour of Alden Towers, a newly renovated residential space leading the charge for east riverfront development.

Leveraging his background in marketing and advertising, Archer has created a portfolio of companies, also serving as the founding principal and president of Archer Corporate Services and founding principal of Hamilton Woodlynne Publishing, which publishes Ambassador – a nationally influenced regional publication that provides an informing and provocative perspective of what’s hot, smart and engaging. For more information and to register for the event today, click here.

Chamber Promotes Innovation at Education Nation Summit

As a sign of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining a workforce with the skills and education to contribute to a thriving economy in the region, Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah served as a discussion leader at the NBC News’ Education Nation Summit in New York on October 8. The event continued the conversation that Education Nation held at a special Detroit summit in March.

Leading a lunch-time interactive session titled, “Group Think: What It Takes to Build the Workforce We Need,” Baruah helped identify lifelong learning opportunities and education innovations that strategically connect employer needs to qualified applicants. The goal of the Summit was to bring viewpoints and ideas together in an effort to close the skills gap. To find out more about the Education Nation initiative, click here.

Chamber Advocates for Keystone Pipeline Project, Creation of 20,000 Jobs

The Detroit Regional Chamber continues to advocate for governmental approval of the full Keystone XL Oil Pipeline, a project that would carry oil from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in the Texas gulf coast. Brad Williams, the Chamber’s vice president of government relations, was one of a group of participants – led by the Associated Petroleum Institute (API) – that spoke at press conference on Tuesday, October 8, calling on President Obama to approve the permit. The group consisted of several Republican and Democrat lawmakers and a variety of business and labor trade groups.

The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline is a $20 billion project to more efficiently move crude oil from the Canadian oil sands to the American market by linking more directly to refineries in the gulf coast. Approval of the full Keystone XL pipeline, which has been under government review for more than five years, could also create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs over the life of the project and reduce American dependence on foreign oil. For more detailed information on the Keystone XL Pipeline from the API website, click here.

Leadership Detroit to Honor Leaders at Third Annual Award Show, Oct. 24

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s third-annual Leadership Detroit Awards will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 to honor three program alumni and community leaders who have created positive change in the community. The honorees include Reginald Eadie, president of DMC Sinai-Grace (Emerging Leadership Award), Aubrey W. Lee Sr., senior vice president (retired) of Bank One, Michigan (Lifelong Leadership Award) and Barbara McQuade, U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Michigan (Inspirational Leadership Award).

Selected from a pool of more than 1,800 alumni, these individuals epitomize the spirit of lifelong leadership and will share their insights on leadership and community involvement. To read more about the winners and to register for this event, click here.

Registration is Still Open for Premier Membership Reception of the Season, Oct. 30

There is still time to register for the Chamber’s Fall Membership Reception, which will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at JD Racing Indoor Karting. The premier networking event of the season, the reception will allow attendees to race into new business contacts and generate sales leads with hundreds of the region’s top business professionals in a fun networking environment. The Chamber will also have exclusive use of JD’s race track, so you can gear up for an exciting race with colleagues and potential clients. For more information and to register today, click here.

Great Lakes-Seaway Ambassadors Highlight Economic Development Initiatives at Chamber Breakfast

Principals of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway shipping addressed new regional and sectoral developments and opportunities for economic growth at a breakfast co-hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber and Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce on October 11.

More than 90 attendees heard Terence Bowles, president and CEO of Saint Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation in Canada, Mark Barker, president of the Interlake Steamship Co., and the Honorable Roy Norton, consul general for Canada in Detroit deliver remarks and answer questions on ballast water regulations, system and carrier capacity, commodity and cargo trends and homeland security issues.

To read more about the deep-water inland navigation system in Detroit and Windsor, which generates roughly 227,000 jobs in the two countries, click here.

WSU’s Leadership Summit to Focus on Building Governmental Integrity in Detroit

The Wayne State University Law School is hosting a leadership summit from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, October 21, focused on building governmental integrity in Detroit. Titled “Building an Honest and Open Government in Detroit: Why Public Integrity Matters,” the event will be held in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, and will focus the role of the private and public sectors in ensuring the public trust.

Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah is one of several headline speakers at the event, which also includes Rev. Bertram Marks, general legal counsel to the Counsel of Baptist Pastors of Detroit, Peter Henning, former federal prosecutor and WSU law professor and Jocelyn Benson, dean of the WSU Law School. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow and FBI Agent Bob Beeckman will participate in the summit, along with Detroit Inspector General James Heath.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.