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October 28: Chamber Leads Delegation on Lessons Learned Tour of New Orleans; Election Day Nears, Check Out Chamber PAC-Endorsed Candidates

Chamber Leads Delegation on Lessons Learned Tour of New Orleans

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber led a delegation of over 30 business, civic and philanthropic leaders, and representatives of the city of Detroit, to New Orleans, La. for a three-day lessons learned tour to bring back insight for Detroit’s continued revitalization. The trip focused on New Orleans’ successful – and still developing – recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

The Detroit delegation toured key areas of the city and attended panel discussions comprised of New Orleans experts who have firsthand experience and insight on efforts to revitalize the city. Topics explored the major factors contributing to New Orleans’ path to recovery including economic development, education and charter school reform, government function, the entrepreneurial ecosystem and urban resiliency.

The New Orleans trip was a continuation of an action item from the Chamber’s 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List. The Chamber extends its appreciation to The Kresge Foundation, Strategic Staffing Solutions and the offices of Mayor Mike Duggan and Mayor Mitch Landrieu for their partnership in supporting the trip. Click here to view photos from the tour.

Date Change: Inside the CEO Mind Moved to Nov. 14

The date has changed for the Chamber’s next installment of Inside the CEO Mind, featuring Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Company. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13, the event will now take place on Friday, Nov. 14. The event will still be held at The Parade Company from 8 to 10 a.m.

Come hear Michaels share his leadership perspective on how innovation and creativity can combat challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Following the program, attendees can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the company’s headquarters in Detroit ahead of America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by Art Van Furniture. Click here to register for the event.

Election Day Nears, Check Out Chamber PAC-Endorsed Candidates

The Nov. 4 general election in Michigan is quickly approaching, and the Detroit Regional Chamber encourages its members to get out and vote.

This year’s elections are crucial to Michigan’s continued comeback. The Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has diligently spent the past year interviewing and reviewing candidates across Michigan in order to endorse and support pro-economic growth candidates. For a full list of the Chamber PAC’s endorsements, please click here.

Remember, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Click here to view a sample ballot and find your polling location.

Candidate Spotlight: Rep. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township)

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is endorsing Congressman Gary Peters for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat. Peters has a consistent record of representing the Detroit region and the state on issues that align with the Chamber’s mission.

During the 2008 financial crisis, Peters was an effective voice in rescuing Detroit’s automotive industry, providing necessary congressional support to companies, including General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, to reinvent themselves and save thousands of jobs across the country. Peters also helped implement the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, and the State Small Business Credit Initiative.

Peters is a leading advocate to secure $250 million in federal funding for the Detroit Customs Plaza, a key component of the New International Trade Crossing. He has shown similar support for freight and rail infrastructure investment critical to the region’s success.

Peters’ commitment to the business community has spurred the foundation for strong economic growth. He embodies the characteristics that are required of an effective civil servant, and the Chamber looks forward to partnering with him as Michigan’s next U.S. senator. For a full list of the Chamber PAC’s endorsements, please click here.