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Jun 2010
June 04, 2010

Warner Partner Instrumental in Initiative Unveiled at Mackinac Policy Conference

The Detroit Regional Chamber and MICHAuto announced they will collaborate on the formation of a Michigan automotive special interest group. The new group will be part of the organizational structure of the Detroit Regional Chamber and work to leverage Michigan's automotive and transportation industry cluster to sustain and grow its position as a global leader in research, development and manufacturing.

"Michigan's global competitive advantage starts with the automotive industry," said Tom Maganello, auto industry group chair, Warner Norcross & Judd and founding member of MICHAuto. "A partnership with the chamber will allow us to unite and build a collaborative initiative between industry, universities and the economic development sector to accelerate the automotive industry."

With this announcement, MICHAuto’s nonprofit entity will dissolve. The chamber will assume operation and administration for the new group. Volunteer leadership and staff from the Detroit Regional Chamber and the former MICHAuto association will begin work to define strategy and goals for the group. This work will also align with the chamber’s strategic plan and MICHAuto's previously established goals. The new group will be accountable to the chamber's board of directors.

"Today's announcement confirms the chamber’s renewed focus on the tremendous assets we have here in Michigan’s automotive, transportation and manufacturing sectors," said Sandy K. Baruah, president and chief executive officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber. "While Michigan needs to continue to diversify our economy, our automotive and transportation sectors will continue to be our core on which to build upon. In a world demanding more vehicles, we must be able to capitalize on this growing market."

MICHAuto was formed in January 2007 as an industry cluster association focused on making it easier for people in Michigan’s auto industry to communicate, collaborate and change. The association’s volunteer leadership approached the chamber about collaborating over a year ago and during that time there have been discussions that resulted in this group.

This group provides an entirely new opportunity for businesses to participate in the efforts of the Detroit Regional Chamber as well as have a positive impact on the future of the automotive industry.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is the largest chamber of commerce in the country. The chamber's mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information please visit,


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