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Sept. 24: Chinese Suppliers Eyeing Detroit, Looking to Invest; Cybersecurity is Disrupting the Auto Industry, Find Out How at the 2015 MICHauto Summit

Cybersecurity is Disrupting the Auto Industry, Find Out How at the 2015 MICHauto Summit

From 3-D printing to vehicle-to-vehicle communication and cybersecurity, new tech companies are interrupting the traditional ways that vehicles are designed and brought to market. At the 2015 MICHauto Summit, a panel of leading business experts will explore how Michigan’s research and development and engineering centers must embrace this disruption and evolve with new strategies in order to thrive in an evolving mobility industry.

Panelists include:

  • Richard Garrity, Vice President and General Manager, Vertical Solutions Business Unit, Stratasys
  • Sandy Kronenberg, CEO,
  • Mike Morin, Portfolio Relations, Start Garden
  • André Weimerskirch, Associate Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

The 2015 MICHauto Summit will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Cobo Center. Building off the theme, “The Connected Culture: Shaping Michigan’s Automotive and Mobility Future,” the Summit will focus on Michigan as the center for advanced mobility. Presenters include: Robert Bosch’s Charlie Ackerman, Washtenaw Community College’s Rose Bellanca, Mahindra’s Rick Haas, Telogis’ Jason Koch, Gov. Rick Snyder and Fontinalis Partners’ Chris Thomas.

View the full Summit agenda and register today.

Chinese Suppliers Eyeing Detroit, Looking to Invest

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team hosted delegates from the Changchun Municipal Enterprise Federation, a 300-member organization representing auto, pharmaceutical and agriculture companies, who visited the region for the first time. The delegation consisted of eight representatives from Chinese suppliers eager to explore investment and partnership opportunities.

The visit was part of a five-day trip organized by Chamber partner George Liu, president of Fawer USA Inc., building on the Chamber’s recent business investment missions to China. Business Attraction provided an overview of the region and information on real estate and relocation services for companies looking to expand in the U.S. market.

The delegation’s visit supports the Chamber’s ongoing goal of building a relationship with foreign investors and facilitating partnerships between Michigan and Chinese manufacturers.

German Investors Targeted on Trip to Frankfurt Auto Show

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team met with 130 executives from leading automotive suppliers and over 150 companies to strengthen relationships and attract new investment to the region while attending the 66th Frankfurt Auto Show this month. This effort coincided with an investment mission to Germany and Japan organized by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The Chamber delegation included Butzel Long, Clayton & McKervey, Comerica, Oakland County and Signature Associates.

As part of the auto show, the Chamber, along with PwC, hosted a reception on behalf of the Governor, to promote Michigan’s business-friendly tax structure, reduced regulations and talent pool. Many of the companies that attended already have a presence in Michigan but are looking for further growth opportunities in the North American market.

“Our goal was to represent our partners and relay the message that the Detroit region is eager to welcome investment,” said Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development for the Chamber.

“Collaboration is key. Our compiled assets as a region are much more impactful to these investors than our individual assets,” she said. “We have a compelling story to tell the international auto community.”

Read more about the Chamber’s investment mission, including its visit to Japan with the Governor.

70 Regional Executives Join Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII

The Detroit Regional Chamber recently announced the participants in Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

The class kicked off with an intense two-day team-building orientation at Camp Tamarack in Ortonville.

Southeast Michigan has proven that transformative change is possible when creativity, ingenuity and hard work come together,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Our ability to improve the quality of life for all in the region relies on these same ingredients, shaped in new ways by these leaders. The Leadership Detroit experience is about taking executives out of their comfort zones to challenge long-held assumptions and embrace multiple perspectives while connecting them through their shared passion for the region.”

Class XXXVII features 70 executives from seven counties across Southeast Michigan, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations. View the full Class XXXVII roster.

Chamber Congratulates Henry B. Cooney, Former Board Chair, for 18 Years of Leadership as CEO of Plunkett Cooney

Henry B. Cooney, CEO of the Plunkett Cooney law firm, announced last week his plans to step down from the position in December after 18 years. The Detroit Regional Chamber thanks Cooney for his continued leadership and looks forward to his ongoing impact on the Detroit region.

Cooney’s strategic leadership continues to play a pivotal role in region beyond his work at Plunkett Cooney. In addition to serving as chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for fiscal year 2014-2015 and chair of the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, Cooney currently serves as immediate past Board chair and is a member of the Board’s executive committee. Read an article in Crain’s Detroit Business about Cooney’s leadership.

Detroit’s Comeback on Display at Michigan Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah continued to share Detroit’s comeback story and discuss the challenges that remain in the city during the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island last week.

Speaking on the “Revitalization of Detroit” panel alongside DTE’s David Meador, PVS Chemicals’ David Nicholson, and John Walsh, director of strategy for Gov. Snyder, Baruah praised the leadership shown by the Governor during the city’s bankruptcy, as well as his continued efforts to support Detroit’s economic growth. The panel was moderated by Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News. Read The News’ coverage of the panel.