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September 3: TIME Highlights Detroit as Nation’s Emerging Market; Veteran Featured at Mackinac Policy Conference Hired by IT Firm

TIME Writer Highlights Detroit as the Nation’s Emerging Market

Last week, TIME featured a piece by Rana Foroohar which highlights the progress under way in Detroit and showcases the city as a model for other communities facing similar challenges around the country. Foroohar wrote TIME’s cover story on Detroit’s bankruptcy more than a year ago, and again visited the city last month to report on the economic resurgence in the Motor City.

While acknowledging the challenges remaining in the city, she describes what she found: “downtown is booming, full of bustling restaurants, luxury lofts, edgy boutiques and newly renovated office buildings.” The piece speaks to the importance – as Governor Rick Snyder said at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference – of being “loud and proud” about Detroit’s momentum, particularly to the national audience.

To read the full article, click here.

Veteran Featured at Mackinac Policy Conference Hired by Lansing IT Firm

Jerrad Carlisle, a U.S. Navy veteran featured on stage at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference was hired in July by CNSI, an IT and business process outsourcing firm. Carlisle is now a business analyst at the company’s Lansing office where he supports a critical project enrolling home-help providers through the Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS).Carlisle was one of six veterans featured on stage at the Conference through a partnership with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The Veteran Talent Showcases at the Conference grew out of Shark-Tank like sessions at Governor Rick Snyder’s Summit on Veterans Talent, which the Chamber co-hosted in November as part of a 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List item. The Chamber is committed to ensuring that Michigan employers are aware of the business advantage of hiring our highly skilled veterans.To read a blog on Carlisle published by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, including comments from CNSI on why they hired Carlisle, click here.

Candidate Spotlight – Rep. Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville)

The Detroit Regional Chamber continues to endorse strong, pro-growth candidates for Michigan’s state Legislature, and the Political Action Committee (PAC) is proud to support Rep. Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) for re-election after receiving the highest rank of any candidate in this year’s PAC candidate evaluations.

Rep. Pscholka served as the sponsor and foremost advocate for Michigan’s emergency manager legislation, leading to the successful placement of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr in the city of Detroit. He has also supported the plan of adjustment, Medicaid expansion, addressing blight and scrap metal theft, and the Education Achievement Authority. Rep. Pscholka is viewed as a leader among his caucus with an innate ability to achieve results, and has high potential in the upcoming term to continue to be one of the state’s most effective legislators.

The Detroit Regional Chamber will continue to highlight endorsements as the election approaches. For a full of list of endorsements, please click here.

HIREDETROIT! Launched by the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Seeking Information from Detroit Businesses

Partnering with the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, the Detroit Regional Chamber is sharing a brief survey for the new program, HIREDETROIT! that encourages businesses to employ qualified Detroiters, aged 18 and over, for full‐time employment. As HIREDETROIT! continues to train and place Detroiters into high-demand occupations by partnering with both public and private entities, the program is aggregating confidential data from sources across metro Detroit and need help from the region. Click here to take the brief survey.

Gain New Strategies to Lower Health Care Costs at Forward Thinking: Business Strategies for Health Care, October 16

Join HealthForward for Forward Thinking: Business Strategies for Health Care from 8:30 a.m to 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 16 at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Human resources professionals, business owners and executive leaders will learn short-term and long-term health care strategies to lower costs and succeed in the Affordable Care Act environment. To learn more or register, click here.