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October 22, 2013: Meet Detroit’s New Chief of Police; Chamber Promotes Detroit at Japan Auto Show

Meet Detroit’s New Chief of Police, James Craig, on Oct. 24

The Detroit Regional Chamber will introduce the business community to the city’s new Chief of Police, James Craig, at a morning reception at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 24 at the new Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.

Chief Craig will provide an overview of the police department and new crime reduction strategies for the city.

Attendees will also enjoy a meet-and-greet session with the Chief, as well as a Q-and-A session. An exclusive tour will allow attendees to view the new public safety facility.

Chief Craig’s vision and ability to implement effective strategy come at a critical juncture, as the Detroit Police Department looks to improve its efficiency, effectiveness and employee morale in conjunction with the city’s ongoing renaissance. To register for the event, click here.

Chamber Promotes Detroit as Hub for Autonomous Vehicles at Japan Auto Show

The Chamber’s Business Attraction program continued its efforts to promote the Detroit region as the global R&D hub for automotive manufacturing last week, as it sent representatives to the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Tokyo, Japan from October 14-18. The event brought together more than 10,000 of the world’s leading transportation policymakers, researchers, high-tech innovators and business professionals.

The Business Attraction team – in conjunction with delegates from Macomb County, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau – met with auto data and manufacturing companies with little or no presence in Michigan or the Detroit region to educate them on expansion opportunities in the region and how the Chamber can get them connected.

The event highlighted the autonomous vehicle industry, which was the subject of in-depth discussion at the Michigan Automotive Summit, hosted by MICHauto on September 25. At the Summit, auto industry leaders billed Michigan as the best place for autonomous vehicle research, as it can come up with the most balanced solutions for consumer needs and industry needs. Michigan is well-positioned in materials and design, employing more industrial engineers and mechanical engineers than any other state, and is the global leader in ITS-related research projects.

The ITS World Congress – which is held annually at different cities across the globe – will be held in Detroit next year, from September 7-11 at COBO Center. For more information on next year’s event, click here.

Chamber Testifies on Legislation to Curb Scrap Metal Theft in Detroit

The Detroit Regional Chamber continues its advocacy efforts on issues impacting the city of Detroit. Tiffany Hauser, one of the Chamber’s directors of government relations, testified before the Michigan Senate Economic Development Committee on Thursday, October 17, in support of a bill package targeting scrap metal thieves.

The Senate bills are sponsored by Senators Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) and Mike Kowall (R-White Lake), and would create regulations targeting scrap metal theft. The legislation would put enforceable punishments in place and enlist the help of law enforcement and the business community in tackling this problem through the establishment of a registry of offenders. To read about more advocacy efforts the Chamber is championing, click here.

Employer Sign-Up Still Available for Veterans Job & Resources Fair, Nov. 4-8

For the third consecutive year, Operation Vet Connect, a series of job and resource fairs for veterans, will showcase a unique talent pool of highly skilled military veterans for employers at five different Michigan cities the week of November 4-8. Employers interested in recruiting military veterans for their company are encouraged to register for one of the sessions, and must sign up by October 31.

Separate events will take place in Wyoming, Ishpeming, Lansing, Saginaw and Detroit. The event series – a joint venture between the State of Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency, Veterans’ Services Division and the Michigan National Guard and Reserved – are free and will expose employers to honorable, experienced and highly skilled veterans. For more information and to register, contact Michael A. West, operation manager of the Veteran’s Services Division.

Chamber to Host Breakfast Discussion on Closing the Michigan Skills Gap, Oct. 30

In its support of efforts to close the skills gap in Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber will host the Upwardly Global Business Revolution Breakfast at its office from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30. The event will revolve its conversation on the estimated 32,000 unemployed or underemployed high-skilled and permanently work-authorized immigrants in Michigan, as well as roughly 73,000 unfilled jobs in a number of job sectors. Discussion will focus on how effective talent recruiting and closing the skills gap can grow businesses and revitalize the Detroit economy. Please RSVP for the event by Friday, October 25 by clicking here.