A day in the life ...: Chamber tackles the border crisis.

Author:Blouse, Richard E., Jr.
Position:From the President

For years we've been telling you what we're up to at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

We're the voice of business.

We're powering the economy of Southeast Michigan.

We're your resource for information.

It's not always easy to describe all that a chamber of commerce does. But I'm proud to say those three statements really came to the forefront in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11. I'd like to share with you how your Chamber took the lead, pulled in diverse staff and continues to work around the clock to address our current border-crossing crises, thus maintaining not only our national security but our economic security as well.

As the second-largest chamber of commerce in the country, we have a talented staff of specialists able to address critical issues and adapt easily to last-minute assignments.

When we needed to pull the key stakeholders together to develop a strategic plan our public-policy team went to work. A standing-room-only meeting was convened at Chamber headquarters and the result was the Northern Border for Economic Security and Trade Task Force. NBEST was charged with addressing six key areas: development of a Command Center, research and development of technology to ease backups, consideration of reversal of inspections, federal lobbying efforts, message coordination and coordination of chambers from across the region and across the country. We assigned a lead staff member for each of these areas.

Because this is an economic...

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