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A year in review: the results start now ... putting results into context.

With an organization as large as the Detroit Regional Chamber, there's a lot to keep track of in terms of the work it does for members, events it hosts and projects it's involved in. There's also a big picture at play: what the Chamber is working to do for the business climate in the Detroit Region and the scope of its influence.

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It's imperative that the Chamber's membership-the reason the organization exists-has a good understanding of the work going on daily in the Chamber's offices, in Detroit, in Lansing and in Washington D.C.

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This special issue of the Detroiter does just that-it breaks down all of the Chamber's projects and initiatives within the past year, organized by topic. Towards the end of the Year in Review section, you'll find a traditional annual report with membership and financial data.

Sometimes the Chamber's work is tangible and sometimes it isn't-but every day, the Chamber operates with its members in mind. Turn the page to see what we've been up to.

As the outgoing chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber, it's an honor to present to the membership all the initiatives the Chamber has been involved in over the last program year. I began my term with high expectations of what the Chamber volunteers and staff could accomplish, and I'm handing over the reins to Dan Loepp, president and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan with even greater expectations of what's to come. After working closely with the volunteers and staff, I have total confidence that the Detroit Regional Chamber will continue to be a leading force in making the Detroit Region a great place to live and do business.

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I am confident in that because of the people behind the organization. Led by Dick Blouse and Tammy Carnrike, the Detroit Regional Chamber's diverse volunteers and staff-the people who make ideas a reality every day-range tremendously in areas of expertise, and when working together, create a truly inspirational team.

Between the Chamber's many departments, there's been a lot going on over the past year. You might not have known that the Chamber's Business Group on Health Committee and the Small Business Advisory Council worked tirelessly on a new insurance product that would dramatically cut health care costs for employers while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

You'll also read about the four forums that were held during the past program year as a follow-up to the 2006 Mackinac Policy Conference. The discussions on regionalism, education, health care and entrepreneurship and innovation carried the initial enthusiasm fostered during the 2006 conference and let the Southeast Miehigan community continue to talk about real solutions and results.

What's more: almost every article in this special edition has information on how you can get involved through Chamber committees or staff initiatives during this upcoming program year-so if you haven't gotten involved already, you, too, can be working closely with a nationally recognized organization and make news next year!

This special edition of the Detroiter highlights the Chamber's accomplishments over the last program year, including.

* A recap of the issues discussed during the 2007 Mackinac Policy Conference

* Summaries of the initiatives and issues that have been driving our Government Relations department's work

* Information on the small business programs that have been implemented to strength the resources available for members

* A piece describing the One D initiative and what the next steps are in making regionalism work

Dennis Archer is chairman of the board of Dickenson Wright, P.L.L.C. and outgoing chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber.
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Title Annotation:Leadership
Author:Archer, Dennis
Publication:Detroiter
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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