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New leadership: a look back at Mackinac and ahead to the next year.

It is with great enthusiasm and expectation that I assume the role of" board chair for the Detroit Regional Chamber during the 2008-2009 program year. Not withstanding the many challenges facing our community, it is a promising time for the Detroit Region as we work on economic transformation, job creation and business growth--the mission of our great organization.

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The 2008 Mackinac Policy Conference, which I had the honor of chairing, was a platform for "Building a Stronger Michigan," the theme from the conference. Before and during the event, the business community set a robust agenda of policy changes and political reforms to turn the state's economy around.

The priorities identified for accomplishing this goal include:

* Talent education, attraction and retention

* Immediate state budget reform

* Elimination of term limits

* Regional transportation system

* Alternative energy

Preliminary strategies around each of these priorities have been developed. We are currently in the process of implementing these strategies to advance an aggressive agenda. The Chamber is taking the lead on some action items, such as talent and budget reform, while collaborating with organizations on other priorities. We will he communicating with you regularly as progress is made on each of these fronts.

Another major objective for the 2008-2009 program year will be finalizing the next strategic plan for the Chamber. This document will guide the Chamber's actions from July 2009 through June 2012. In addition to the priorities outlined above being reflected, the new strategic plan will focus on the Chamber's core competencies of economic development, workforce preparedness and political advocacy. The plan will align the Chamber's structure with the needs of business members and mission of the organization.

I'm looking forward to working with the board, staff and membership to reach new heights as we build on past successes. It's going to be a good year with great accomplishments.

Leslie Murphy is president and CEO of Murphy Consulting, Inc and chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors.

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Title Annotation:YEAR IN REVIEW; Detroit Regional Chamber
Author:Murphy, Leslie
Publication:Detroiter
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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