Chamber Blog

Fierce Advocacy: A Journey with Shelley Irwin

March 13, 2017

ATHENA Shelley Fierce Advocacy
Take the journey of personal advocacy with Shelley Irwin, 2016 ATHENA Award recipient and host/producer of The WGVU Morning Show who spoke at the January ATHENA Leadership Forum.

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Grand Rapids Parking Conversation

March 9, 2017

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We hear you. Last month’s parking open forum garnered a standing room only crowd and encouraged lively discussion regarding the parking concerns in downtown Grand Rapids. On the morning of March 9, Josh Lunger, Director of Government Affairs with the Grand Rapids Chamber, went in front of the Grand Rapids Parking Commission to continue the conversation.

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GR Chamber and Metro Chambers head to Washington D.C.

March 9, 2017


Members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition took part in a fly-in this week focused on infrastructure, immigration, energy, trade including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other issues impacting businesses and communities across the Midwest and Great Lakes.

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Talent Wanted: What everyone is saying, and what your Chamber is doing about it

March 8, 2017


For the first time in recent history, members reported difficulty finding qualified talent as their top concern, surpassing the cost of health care which had been the top issue for the past four years. The Chamber’s advocacy efforts are linked directly to what we are hearing from our members – fighting for programs and initiatives at the State level to address our immediate and future talent needs.

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Grand Rapids location is a recruiting tool for businesses

March 6, 2017

It is not a surprise that Grand Rapids has experienced impressive growth over the past five years. This resurgence has been so visible that professionals from across the country are choosing to move to Grand Rapids to work, live, and play. Guest article by: Bjorn Gree, President & CEO, TowerPinkster.

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