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October 16: Registration Open for 2015 Detroit Policy Conference; Gov. Snyder’s Results, Leadership in Michigan’s Reinvention Evident in Debate

Registration Open for 2015 Detroit Policy Conference

Registration for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2015 Detroit Policy Conference, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, is now open. The Conference highlights the positive message of Detroit’s ongoing economic resurgence by bringing together key business, community and political leaders to inspire innovative solutions and urban revitalization. By increasing dialogue between urban and suburban decision-makers, the Conference encourages collaborative efforts to grow business and shape the city and the region’s future.

The 2015 Conference will build off of the momentum from last year’s event, which attracted more than 700 people to downtown Detroit. Click here to register for the event. Stay tuned for speaker updates, agenda and program announcements.

Gov. Snyder’s Results, Leadership in Michigan’s Reinvention Evident in Debate

Citing Michigan’s business growth and job creation as an overarching theme of his administration, Gov. Rick Snyder’s bold leadership was prominently displayed during a televised gubernatorial debate with Democratic challenger Mark Schauer at Wayne State University on Sunday.

Since taking office, Snyder said Michigan has created nearly 300,000 private sector jobs and has one of the highest rates in the nation for per capita personal income growth. Snyder also highlighted the state Legislature’s repeal of the overly burdensome Michigan Business Tax, promoted Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy, and commended state lawmakers for increasing education spending by $1.1 billion in his first term.

The debate demonstrated that, while Schauer continues to attack the Governor’s record without putting forth a substantive plan to move Michigan forward, the Governor has a clear vision to power the state’s continued comeback. If re-elected, Snyder said his top priorities will be creating more and better jobs for Michigan, investing in the future and promoting good governance. Click here to watch highlights from the debate.

Candidate Spotlight: Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive)

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) supports candidates from across the state that advocate for pro-growth policies that are beneficial to Michigan’s economy. State Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) has a strong record of authoring legislation that enables businesses to thrive in Michigan, earning him the endorsement of the PAC.

In 2011, Meekhof was one of the leading voices actively working to repeal the complicated and burdensome Michigan Business Tax and replace it with the Corporate Income Tax (CIT). The passage of the CIT was met with praise from the business community, and its implementation helped set the foundation for a reinvigorated economy in Southeast Michigan.

Meekhof’s years of experience in both the Michigan House of Representatives as well as the Michigan Senate will continue to be a vital component to Southeast Michigan’s resurgence.

For a full list of Chamber-endorsed candidates, click here.