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October 19, 2017

Chamber News
Public Policy Committee hosts Rep. Kevin Hertel

Representative Kevin Hertel stopped by the Chamber on Monday morning to discuss no-fault auto insurance, the opioid crisis, and water quality of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair, with the Public Policy Committee.  
MDOT hosts public meeting for I-696 project in Macomb County

An open house-style public meeting to share early information on an I-696 project between I-75 and I-94 scheduled to begin in spring 2018. There will be exhibits displaying project location, types of work, and detours. Interested parties will have the opportunity to meet the construction team and learn current details, including schedule and detours.   
Tuesday, Oct. 24,  4-7 p.m., 
Warren City Hall, 1 City Square
Warren, Mich.

The I-696 freeway carries approximately 150,000 vehicles a day through Macomb County and is in poor condition. A project is currently being designed to replace the concrete on I-696 between I-75 and I-94 beginning in spring 2018 and will be completed late 2018. The bridges over I-696 are in good to fair condition due to investment on rehabilitation and maintenance-type work over the years, and will receive additional maintenance work.
This expedited $90 million project must be completed while funding is available and before the nearby I-75 modernization project begins. If delayed, it may be until 2024 before the work could be performed, only if funding would be available. 
Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call 517-373-2227 by Friday, Oct. 20. 
Member News
Warren residents, visitors, get outdoor WiFi to stay connected to stay connected while on the go

Warren residents and visitors can stay connected over WiFi in places around town as a result of Comcast installing 132 XFINITY WiFi outdoor hotspots. Selected hotspot locations include areas with heavy foot traffic, including public parks, shopping centers and restaurants. The growing network of outdoor, business and home hotspots allows Xfinity Internet customers to connect their mobile devices at no additional charge, while non-customers are offered two free sessions per month.Most XFINITY Internet customers can access XFINITY WiFi hotspots by selecting "xfinitywifi" from the list of available networks on their laptops or mobile devices and entering their Comcast email and password.
Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo animals will have a smashing good time on Saturday, October 21, 2017, when they receive pumpkins filled with tasty treats to eat, play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash. Around Halloween, seasonal fare from local Michigan producers gives this activity a special appeal for both Zoo visitors and the animals," said Scott Carter, DZS chief life sciences officer.
Chemical Bank's Cares Day is a great success

On Monday, October 9, 2017, Chemical Bank offices in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana were closed, allowing Bank employees to volunteer in their communities on a variety of different projects. Nearly 3,000 Chemical
Bankers partnered with local organizations to work on over 300 projects ranging from helping to beautify city parks and schools, to spending time at Senior Centers, to leading financial lessons in classrooms, in addition to a variety of many other activities. For more information on Chemical Bank Cares Day, please contact your local Chemical Bank Representative or visit their website.
Open House at the Macomb University Center

Thursday,  Oct. 19, 2017.  4:30-7 pm at the  Center Campus.  Did you know...After finishing your studies at Macomb, you can get an  advanced degree at our University Center on Center Campus! They have 12 college and university partners and over 75 programs. Come see what's waiting for you!
*How to earn a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree-right here
*Scholarships, financial resources and transfer information
*Veteran-specific programs
*Support services, including on-site counseling
Save your spot now!
Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser for Vets

Join us for a benefit gala on Friday, November 3 at Andiamo in Warren. Enjoy a delightful plated meal, open premium bar, silent and live auction items to bid on, and a classic country concert featuring Alan Turner & the Steel Horse Band and our headliner John Michael Montgomery! This event is dedicated to showcase the work Macomb Habitat does for local veterans.  Tickets and more information available here.


Upcoming Events
Member Mixer
Tuesday, Oct. 24
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Westview Orchards, 65075 Van Dyke, Washington Twp.
Free, but please register!

Join us at Westview Orchard for a member mixer! Macomb county's 1st bicentennial farm produces fresh fruits & vegetables, & features outdoor entertainment, food, on-site bakery, seasonal u-pick & winery.


State of Mount Clemens
Friday, October 27
8-10 a.m.
OU/Anton Frankel Building
20 South Main 
Mount Clemens
$25 members / $35 non-members

Join us as we welcome Mayor Barb Dempsey, who will provide a forecast of the exciting and wonderful things happening in Mount Clemens

Coffee Connection
Wednesday, Nov. 8
8-9:30 a.m.
Matick Toyota
23405 Hall Road, Macomb
Free, but please register!

Join us for a Coffee Connection at Matick Toyota, Macomb. This is a wonderful opportunity to network with your fellow Chamber Members and make lasting business connections.