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September 23, 2010

Rainbow PUSH Coalition Automotive Project Presents the 11th Annual Automotive Summit

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. , founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, will convene automotive industry leaders and experts at the 11th Annual Automotive Summit to explore and advance current automotive industry global standards and strategies. Since 1999, the Rainbow Push Coalition Automotive Project has held an annual summit to ascertain how automotive issues impact minority and women suppliers, dealers, manufacturers, employees and corporate governance.

"Globally speaking, the automotive industry is changing, but even with this troubled worldwide economy, no minority supplier or dealer can be left behind, said Rev. Jackson. These award-winning minority owned companies continue to bring value to their customers and should be a part of the ensuing industry growth."

This year's symposium, themed "The Global Automotive Summit: Opportunities for Diversification," will address opportunities to level the economic playing field for minorities and women stakeholders in the automotive, technology and advertising/marketing industries.

"During the 2008-2009 U.S auto industry collapse, whole manufacturing plants, as well as dealerships, closed," said Rev. Jackson. "Jobs left and home foreclosures increased. Detroit and other cities like it have greatly suffered." He went on to say, "As the auto industry makes a recovery, minority suppliers and dealers deserve to play a pivotal role in the reconstruction. They should not be treated as an “afterthought”--having been a loyal and integral part in building it. They deserve to be part of the equation."

Automotive leaders will be joined by entrepreneurs, community banks, constituents, government officials, suppliers, dealers and OEMs. In addition, the summit offers young professionals a networking opportunity to strengthen their brands, increase business relationships and receive information to succeed in the new economy.

Summit highlights will include:

• An address by General Motors Corporation President Mark Reuss.

• GM, Ford, VW, Toyota, DTE will highlight their latest products, services, technology, safety innovations, philanthropic initiatives, dealer relations, and supplier development during the “World of” showcases.

• In an attempt to help auto suppliers diversify, panelists will discuss government opportunities and public and private agencies such as Progress Energy, Continental Airlines, and Walgreens will participate.

• Business and civic leaders who have made significant corporate and community contributions will be honored at the summit. The honorees include:

o Kevin Williams - General Motors Company - Trailblazer Award

o Paula Carter - Honda Motor Manufacturing - Corporate Trading Partner

o Louis Green- MMSDC - Advocate Award

o Maxine Waters - US Congresswoman - Keep Hope Alive Award

o Tony Tomczak & John Eley - DTE Energy - Bridge Builder Award

The summit will be held on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1 at MotorCity Casino Hotel & Conference Center, located at 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. For a complete agenda and registration information visit http://www.rainbowpush.org

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit http://www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366

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