Federal, state and local officials say opening of Export-Import Bank office in Detroit will lead to more jobs

MLive: January 28, 2013

The opening of a federal Export-Import finance center will help create jobs in Detroit and in the state, federal, state and local officials said Monday at the Detroit Regional Chamber headquarters in Downtown Detroit.

“Our goal is to make things and grow things in Michigan, and then create jobs through exports,” U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said. “For every $1 billion dollars in goods or services exported, we create 7,000 jobs. So we want to export our products, not our jobs, and the way to do that is expanding our support, particularly for small businesses.”

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Snyder backs absentee voter reforms, call for money for roads

The Detroit News: January 16, 2013

Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder called on the Legislature in Wednesday night’s State of the State address to allow no-reason absentee voting, reform no-fault auto insurance and find a way to raise $1.2 billion in additional annual funding to fix the state’s crumbling roads.

The Republican governor’s transportation department director, Kirk Steudle, said the state needs $120 more annually from each vehicle in the state from a combination of gas tax and registration fees to raise enough money to fix roads and bridges.

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West Bloomfield Legislators Receive Nod from Detroit Regional Chamber

West Bloomfield Patch: January 15, 2013

Sen. Mike Kowall and Rep. Mike McCready have been named two of six regional “Legislators to Watch” in 2013 by Detroiter Magazine, operated by the Detroit Regional Chamber organization.

According to the article, the two fellow former small business owners have what it takes to foster economic growth across the Metro Detroit area….

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Detroit Regional Chamber reveals speakers for Detroit Policy Conference on Feb. 28

MLive.com: January 14, 2013

DETROIT, MI – The newly minted Detroit Policy Conference will gather Metro Detroit business leaders at the MotorCity Casino Hotel on Feb. 28.

The 2013 Detroit Policy Conference – which debuted as the Detroit Business Conference in 2012 – features an agenda of key business, community and political leaders who are leading Detroit’s continued transformation.

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