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BDC attended Select USA Investment Summit
 Department of Commerce Secretary Ross interviewing panelist about doing business in the USA

The 2017 Select USA Investment Summit (June 18-20) was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Select USA welcomed more than 2,800 participants from 64 international markets and 51 U.S. states and territories.

(Pictured is Department of Commerce Secretary Ross interviewing panelist about doing business in the USA)

The Summit's theme was "Grow with US" which highlighted the business climate in the United States and featured investment opportunities from every corner of the country. Networking time provided new opportunities for a wide range of global investors to engage with state, regional, and local economic developers, all under one roof. Global executives, like GM's Mary Barra and General Electric's Jeffrey Immelt (and many more), shared a clear roadmap of how businesses of any size, and in any industry, can both benefit from and contribute to the U.S. economy.

This is the second year the BDC has participated with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and other partner economic development groups from Michigan in Select USA. MEDC provided booth space and participated in the hospitality  portion of the event. Some of Michigan's great craft beer brews were featured for booth visitors to enjoy. Although you are provided the opportunity to set up one-on-one meetings with companies, the best way to meet companies is manning the booth. We had the opportunity to engage many companies in their future plans to grow their business on U.S. soil. This allowed us the chance to explain why Michigan is a great place to do business, and more specifically, how Monroe County can help their company with their potential growth in the U.S.

"The Summit provides a wonderful opportunity to meet with foreign companies considering locations within the U.S." stated Tim Lake, BDC President & CEO. "Additionally, as the BDC looks to take a more proactive approach to business attraction, the Summit provided a number of service providers that assist EDO's (economic development organizations) with directly connecting companies that fit our profile and who have an interest in locating in Southeast Michigan," Lake continued.

The Summit was attended by over 3000 persons  and was comprised of foreign companies, service providers and EDO's. This attendance is by far the largest in the 4-year history of the event. Select USA 2018 planning is already underway. 

SEMCOG has a new Chairperson, the Mayor of Monroe
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is an organization in Southeast Michigan that brings together all governments to solve regional challenges and enhance the quality of life for the seven-county region's 4.7 million people. SEMCOG supports local planning through its technical, data, and intergovernmental resources. The work SEMCOG does improves the quality of the region's water, makes the transportation system safer and more efficient, revitalizes communities, and spurs economic development. It serves Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties.

On June 22, Robert Clark, Mayor of Monroe, was elected by the leadership of SEMCOG as Chairman of their General Assembly.

"We are fortunate in Monroe and at the BDC to have Mayor Clark by our side as he has strengthened our community and shown us great leadership. Now, as SEMCOG's Chairman of the Board, he will bring his talent, expertise, and energy to a broader range of Michigan. said Tim Lake, BDC's President and CEO .

Mayor Clark was with the Michigan State Police for 30 years, served one term as council member in Monroe and has been Mayor of Monroe since 2010. He serves on SEMCOG's Executive Committee, Finance and Budget Committee, Legislative Policy Platform Task Force, and Water Resources Task Force. 
Appointment of our Board Chairman to Talent Investment Board
On March 10, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Doug Chaffin to the Talent Investment Board. The Governor’s Talent Investment Board is charged with advising and assisting the Governor regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The board brings together employers, organized labor and community-based organizations including apprenticeship programs to make recommendations on how to best develop workforce talent across the state.

Doug is the President and CEO of Monroe Bank & Trust and is BDC's Board Chairman. He is a member of the Government Relations Counsel for the American Bankers Association and past chairman and current member of the Michigan Bankers Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University.

In Tim Lake's perspective, "We feel that Gov. Snyder has made a perfect choice in adding Doug Chaffin to his Governor's Talent Investment Board. Doug's experience, leadership and knowledge will be major contributors to the success of Michigan's workforce."

“Drawing on his years of leadership, banking and community experience, Doug will provide fresh insights to the Talent Investment Board. We congratulate Doug on this accomplishment and think Gov. Snyder made a great choice," said Tim Lake.
BDC's Newest Board Member - Vince Bodiford
The BDC welcomes it newest Board Member, Vince Bodiford, Monroe News' President and Publisher.

Vince started at The Monroe News March 20 taking over for the retired Lonnie Peppler-Moyer.

Vince has over 34 years in the newspaper, media and marketing business. He started his career as an advertising executive for the Needles Desert Star in Colorado. His ambitions led him to acquire and operate several newspapers in Colorado and Nebraska. Vince spent 5 years working for Cabela’s helping them with marketing and branding before finding a position at The Arizona Republic where he was the Strategic Advertising Sales Manager. Most recently, Vince was the Publisher for the Orange County Neighborhood Newspapers in Orange County, California.

"I'm impressed with the accomplishments and mission of the BDC and I'm delighted to offer my time and talents to the Board of Directors," Vince stated.

"We are pleased to welcome Vince to BDC's Board of Directors." stated Tim Lake. "Our Board will be strengthened by his extensive experience in publishing, marketing, and leadership."

Vince is a car enthusiast, and loves living in Michigan, the auto capital of the world. He lives in Monroe with his wife, Jeanette.
Save the Date for our Annual Fall Event!
Our annual fall event will be held on the evening of Wednesday, September 13. The event will done this year in partnership with Monroe County Community College. The college will present their Business & Industry Supporter of the Year award at this combined event which will take place on their campus.

Doug Rothwell from Business Leaders for Michigan has been secured as a guest speaker. He has been working on the Good Jobs for Michigan legislation which will help with mega projects that will employ 500 or more jobs with above average pay rates.

Save the date on your calendar and watch for more details in your email. Please feel free to share this event with anyone that you feel would benefit from the content.
STTF - Competitive Awards for Training Your Employees
The Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) provides competitive awards for employer responsive training that enhances talent, productivity and employment retention while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s employers. The STTF ensures Michigan’s employers have the talent they need to compete and grow, and individuals have the skills they need for in-demand jobs.  
The Monroe County BDC is working with the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) and Monroe's Michigan Works! office to help businesses get STTF information and for application assistance. Please contact Charlene Page, BDC's VP Business Development, either via email or phone (734-241-8081) at our office.

View flier here. 
A few more mentions ...
Guardian Glass selected Carleton for their new jumbo coater site! “We’re pleased to have the support of the Village of Carleton, Ash Township Planning Commission, Monroe County Business Development Corp. and Michigan Economic Development Corporation and are excited to move forward on this project that will increase our ability to serve the glass and building industries, while augmenting our existing Carleton facilities,” says Gerry Hool, Carleton plant manager. View full Press Release here. 

>> Paddle the Battlefield - The River Raisin National Battlefield Park is offering free kayaking excursions on Saturdays & Sundays in July and August. These events are open to the public and are being held to engage and draw awareness to the park's newest unit, Hull's Trace. Take advantage this opportunity! To find out more, click on the link above.
  >>> Are you interested in investing in the BDC?  If you are interested in contributing to the economic development of Monroe County or want to learn more, please give us a call (734-241-8081) or email us at bdc@monroecountybdc.org

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Tim Lake  |  Charlene Page  |  LuAnn Hogberg