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Environmental Affairs Committee

The Environmental Affairs Committee mission is to advise the Chamber membership on significant environmental issues and work to influence lawmakers to prepare and support cost-efficient, yet effective, environmental regulations.

The Committee advocates its positions on cost effective environmental and regulatory policy to all levels of government. Our goal is to preserve the quality of life in West Michigan while stimulating/maintaining sound economic development.

We take a proactive role within the West Michigan community through collaboration with other Chambers and trade associations to increase the exchange of environmental information and dialogue.

JOIN THIS COMMITTEE. Contact Joshua Lunger at 616.771.0336 to express your interest and secure your seat.

Recent Committee Action

MDEQ Wetlands Protection Program: Voted to support the return of the Wetlands Program to the Federal EPA.

PM2.5 Kent & Ottawa County Non-Attainment Designation: Submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding reevaluation of their non-attainment designation of Kent and Ottawa counties. Read our comments here.

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Announces 2013-2014 Legislative Priorities

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce listens carefully to it members and turns member input into advocacy and action with the goal of improving Michigan's economic competitiveness. These legislative priorities are intended to focus policy makers' attention on the economic challenges facing Michigan and to offer pro-business solutions to these problems. Whenever possible, Chamber staff will work across party lines with elected officials to shape good public policy.

2013-2014 Legislative Priorities

Money for the Claiming?

State and federal tax credits are left unclaimed by taxpayers each year, due in part to inadequate information. Some estimate this unclaimed amount to be between $8 and $10 billion annually for individuals. Think about what your business could be leaving on the table!

To help members avoid this situation, Environmental Affairs Committee and Tax and Regulatory Affairs Committee have set out to create a list of financial incentives that may be available to your business.

Click here for a list highlighting available incentives associated with different aspects of your business, ranging from daily operations to buying, selling, renovating or expanding your business.

Thank you to Clark Hill PLC, Horizon Environmental Corporation and Warner Norcross & Judd LLP for providing time and talent to this collaborative committee effort.

Disclaimer: This list is in no way intended to advise or replace financial advice. Please consult with your tax attorney.

2014 Meeting Dates

Tuesday, January 21
Tuesday, February 18
Tuesday, March 18
Tuesday, April 15
Tuesday, May 20
Tuesday, August 19
Tuesday, September 16
Tuesday, October 21
Tuesday, November 18

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Chamber Office
111 Pearl Street NW

For more information, contact Joshua Lunger at 616.771.0336.

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