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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 »

Lame Duck Comes to an ‘Energetic’ End

December 16, 2016
After many long hours, Lame Duck in Michigan is complete! The Chamber played a key role in shaping the top issue of the year on the energy legislation that passed yesterday. A number of other Chamber priorities passed and a few items are slated to be restarted next year. Chamber Leads on Passage of Major more »

Chamber Applauds the Passage of Energy Bills

December 15, 2016
After a week of intense efforts, working with the Governor’s office, state legislators and the state’s utilities to find common ground on a number of outstanding and controversial issues in the proposed energy legislation, our coalition of schools, manufacturers, energy suppliers and employers are happy to report that Michigan’s electric choice program has been protected, more »

LGR ’17 | November Day Session Update

December 15, 2016
Written by Jessica White-Hatinger, West Michigan Works! Leadership Grand Rapids’ November session began at Hope Network Leadership Center with warm hellos, a hearty breakfast, powerful leadership lessons from classmates and an enlightening presentation from Chief David Rahinsky of the Grand Rapids Police Department. Then the day took a sharp turn. The comforting food and coffee more »
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