Government Affairs Survey Results

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce / Advocacy / Government Affairs Survey Results

The Chamber is proud of its role protecting your business’ bottom line by advocating on your behalf to create the best possible economic climate at the local, state and federal levels.

GA_Survey_Top_Concerns_ChartThe 2014 annual survey of more than 700 Chamber members shows the business environment is improving with West Michigan businesses experiencing growth over the last year. With almost half of the responses from owners and employees of small businesses and another 30 percent coming from employees of large businesses, the Chamber survey revealed 77% of respondents said their firm hired and/or added new positions in the last 12 months.

Nearly 60 percent also noted that their firm had difficulty finding qualified applicants, and as a result,two-thirds with job growth reported their firm had to increase recruiting efforts in the last year. This is an issue the Chamber will be working to address in 2014.

While businesses are experiencing encouraging growth, the rising cost of health care and Federal spending continue to be members’ top concerns for the second year in a row.

Other top issues that garnered support in the survey include: health care utilization and prevention, early childhood funding, state and local investment in infrastructure, and reducing onerous regulations and taxes.

Click here for the 2014 Government Affairs Survey.


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