White House Designates ADVANCE MICHIGAN for Major Funding Award

DETROIT, Mich.–The Obama administration today announced that Advance Michigan, a 13-county Michigan region anchored by the cities of Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Lansing and Pontiac, has been designated to receive major federal investments aimed at revitalizing manufacturing through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Program (IMCP). The Advance Michigan region was one of roughly a dozen communities designated nationally. All IMCP communities will be eligible for a combined $1.3 billion in federal funding from 16 federal departments and agencies. Some of these funds will be made available to the regions on a competitive basis.

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University of Michigan Study: Michigan International Speedway drives economy

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan (May 29, 2014) — Michigan International Speedway’s economic footprint is more than $414 million a year – and on an annual basis, according to a University of Michigan study released today.
Speedway President Roger Curtis released the economic impact figures alongside U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley during the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

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Remove politics from education, urges N.Y. education leader, CEO

Crain’s Detroit Business: May 28, 2014

MACKINAC ISLAND — Removing politics from education, and focusing more on science, technology, engineering and math will help to prepare students for a better future.

That was the message from Joel Klein, the former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and the CEO, Education Division, News Corp., who said during his remarks Wednesday at the Mackinac Policy Conference that schools across the country are not preparing students properly.

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Successful National Entrepreneurs Challenge Michigan’s Entrepreneurial Climate


Michigan is emerging as an entrepreneurial hub, but faces numerous challenges in creating the culture necessary to attract the next generation of entrepreneurs. This was the key message delivered today in the session, “Today’s Entrepreneur: Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons from Failure,” sponsored by Bank of America.

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IBI Absence Cost Estimator

Employers that are members of the Chamber are eligible for a free membership to the Integrated Benefits Institute. With this membership, employers can access the Absence Cost Estimator, which helps you quickly understand the potential magnitude of absence in your …

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