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Scorecard: 2005-06 first quarter highlights.

THE CHAMBER IS THE STATE'S LEADING CATALYST FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Detroit Regional Economic Partnership staff and volunteer initiatives resulted in 6 completed projects and 7 business expansions for a total $73 million in new investments in our region and 569 new jobs.

The Chamber and Partnership took the lead in an effort that resulted in legislation to expand the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act.

We worked with the Super Bowl XL Host Committee and other organizations on a variety of projects related to the upcoming Super Bowl.

THE CHAMBER IS THE REGION'S PREMIER ADVOCATE FOR ALL BUSINESS AND QUALITY-OF-LIFE ISSUES

Our Government Relations team aggressively advocated for the Chamber-developed Job Providers Bill of Rights, a package of bills that would help business taxpayers when dealing with the Michigan Department of Treasury.

The Chamber PAC identified and supported pro-business candidates for the Detroit City Council and Detroit School Board. 75 percent of PAC-endorsed candidates made it through the primary election.

We endorsed a telecommunications policy and lobbied the Legislature for legislation to update the Michigan Telecommunications Act and make it more competitive.

We provided member input on the Great Lakes Water Use Annex Agreement, which will establish water use guidelines and standards to protect the Great Lakes and its water users.

MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHAMBER IS A BOTTOM-LINE IMPERATIVE FOR BUSINESSES

Our first-ever Michigan Technology Conference, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Automation Alley, showcased high-tech trends and how they integrate within the business community.

We added Absolute Shreds and MichiganMall.com as affinity partners/member benefits. We now have 223 chambers nationwide in the Office Depot program.

More than 300 members and 20 exhibitors joined us for our Membership Reception at Experiencia (Gold-level member) in Taylor.

The Grosse Pointe Chamber joined the Southeast Michigan Chamber Alliance, bringing the membership total to 56.

THE CHAMBER IS THE HUB OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

In partnership with Ann Arbor-based Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW), we launched BoardConnect SE, a new leadership program to connect Southeast Michigan's nonprofit organizations to a pool of trained prospective board members from small to mid-sized businesses.

Our 2004 Small Business Conference received the "Best of Show" Award in the 21st Annual Awards for Communication Excellence (ACE) sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

We were a winner in the "Cool Places to Work" contest sponsored by Crain's Detroit Business, the Grand Rapids Business Journal, the American Society of Employers and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

The Scorecard covers the period July 1 - Sept 30, 2005.

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