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October 29: Detroit Police Chief Says Detroit Moving in Right Direction; Canada-U.S. Business Attraction to Host Event

Detroit Chief of Police, James Craig: Detroit Moving in the Right Direction

Detroit’s Chief of Police, James Craig, spoke to an audience of more than 50 attendees at a Chamber event on October 24, providing an overview of the police department and new crime reduction strategies for the city. He discussed the positive change that has already taken place in the police department and the city of Detroit, and the continued efforts being taken for improvement.

Chief Craig referenced the positive energy that can be felt on a daily basis since his hire, as Detroit police officers are passionate about doing their jobs and are satisfied now with an increased sense of stability. Engaging with attendees in a candid Q-and-A session following his opening remarks, Chief Craig described ongoing strategy to bolster police presence and throughout Detroit and his commitment to improving the Detroit Police Department brand. To view photos from the event, click here.

Canada-U.S. Business Attraction Hosting Event to Discuss International Business Issues

The Canada-U.S. Business Association is hosting a signature event, “Canada and U.S. Business in 2014 and Beyond,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. The honorable Dr. Roy B. Norton, Consul General of Canada, will lead a moderated discussion on Canadian and United States business interests, joined by John Engler, President, Business Roundtable, and John Manley, President and CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

The discussion will cover a variety of issues affecting international business such as cross-border international trade, border entry, regulatory coordination and the New International Trade Crossing. For more information and to register, click here.

Chamber Honors Three Leaders at Third Annual Leadership Detroit Awards

The Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program presented its third-annual leadership awards on Thursday, October 24, celebrating and honoring three program alumni and community leaders who have created positive change.

The Inspirational Leadership Award was presented to Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Reginald Eadie, MD, President, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, was given the Emerging Leadership Award. Aubrey W. Lee Sr., Senior Vice President (retired), Bank One, Michigan was named the Lifelong Leadership Award winner.

Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan, designed to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership. For more information, click here.

Chamber to Connect Businesses with Top Regional and National Purchasers

The Detroit Regional Chamber will continue its Small Business: Unlocked series on Thursday, November 21 as it hosts a Meet the Purchasers event from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Walsh College. The event will allow small businesses to network with purchasers and learn the basics of purchasing and procurement protocol. Attendees will learn how to cut through the red tape and get their businesses on the public sector RFP list.

Confirmed purchaser participants include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Comerica, Compuware, Stacy and Witbeck, Wayne County Airport Authority, Oakland University and SMART. To register, please click here.