The Buzz

Have you heard the latest buzz from the Chamber? Check out our special updates, press releases, business stories, and online-only content posted to our blog-style newsfeed, The Buzz.

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Member Benefit Pays Out Dividend

February 13, 2017

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that several members have earned over $681,176 in dividends through the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America workers’ compensation group program. Congratulations to our chamber members who participate in the program!

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Governor’s Budget Focuses on Talent & Infrastructure

February 8, 2017

The Grand Rapids Chamber is pleased to see that talent and infrastructure are key focuses in the Governor’s budget for 2017-2018, including emphasis on technology in schools and the Skilled Trades Training Fund.

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Grand Rapids Parking Conversation

February 7, 2017
Parking is one of the top issues our members face.  The continued growth and vibrancy of Grand Rapids is creating increased parking pressures in the urban core, particularly for employee parking. At a standing-room-only parking meeting, members were able to engage with city staff and the Chamber about downtown parking, including the impact it has more »

Governor Sets Focus on Infrastructure and Talent

January 17, 2017
Following today’s State of the State Address, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rick Baker applauded Governor Rick Snyder’s continued efforts to improve Michigan’s business climate to spur job creation and make necessary reforms to ensure our future. “Governor Snyder is working hard to move Michigan in a positive direction. We have more »

How does the Chamber Provide Value?

January 13, 2017
Our members told us the ways Brad Laackman CEO, Honor Construction “Lobbying is crucial for certain sections of our business when we need advocacy to get projects to the finish line. We know Andy Johnston and his Government Affairs team have a direct line to the City to help guide our clients through the process.” more »
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