Experts say new international bridge won’t cost Michigan taxpayers

Detroit Free Press: September 23, 2012

Claims that have bombarded Michigan voters for months that taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for a multi-billion dollar bridge to Canada are not based in reality, said three independent law professors asked by the Free Press to review an international Crossing Agreement signed in June.

The advertising campaign from the People Should Decide, a group financially backed by Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun and his family, has pushed that consistent message in several rounds of anti-bridge ads that are misleading, said two advertising experts who reviewed a recently released ad, also at the request of the Free Press.

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90 Area Companies Seek Sales To Big Military Contractor

CBS Report: September 16, 2012

WARREN — The Detroit Regional Chamber gathered 90 businesses at Macomb CommunityCollege Friday to boost Michigan’s sales to the Virginia defense contractor ManTech International Corp.

The chamber’s Connection Program, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp’s Business Connect program, the Michigan Defense Center, and the Macomb County Procurement Technical Assistance Center sponsored the event.

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From music to name recogniton: 5 things Grand Rapids should import from Detroit

MLive.com: September 14, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The West Michigan Policy Forum held this week in Grand Rapids provided a little bit of a Detroit-Grand Rapids lovefest.

A delegation from the Detroit Regional Chamber was even handing out Detroit-hearts-Grand Rapids stickers, another sign Michigan’s two biggest cities are developing warm relations despite their differences.

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Chamber seeks better cooperation in fund drive

The Detroit Regional Chamber is calling for more regional collaboration among Southeast Michigan leaders as it tries to raise funds to increase the region’s profile.

The chamber launched the Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign last month to raise $2 million by early 2013, mostly through private funding. The goal is to create a $4 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

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Detroit Chamber CEO: Grand Rapids supportive of Detroit’s turnaround

MLive.com: September 10, 2012

DETROIT, MI – As it prepares a delegation of business leaders to head to the West Michigan Policy Forum’s 2012 Conference in downtown Grand Rapids this week, the Detroit Regional Chamber goes with the understanding that is merely heading from one side of its state to the other, rather than to a completely different city.

That’s because Detroit has been feeling plenty of support from Grand Rapids’ business community, from issues ranging from the proposed New International Trade Crossing to the city’s recovery in general, Detroit Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah told MLive today.

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Chamber seeks better cooperation in fund drive

Crain’s Detroit Business: September 10, 2012

The Detroit Regional Chamber is calling for more regional collaboration among Southeast Michigan leaders as it tries to raise funds to increase the region’s profile.

The chamber launched the Detroit Regional Prosperity Campaign last month to raise $2 million by early 2013, mostly through private funding. The goal is to create a $4 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

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