Current Priorities

Many factors contribute to a positive environment conducive to business growth—from talent to roads to taxes. The Grand Rapids Area Chamber is continually working to make Michigan the best place to do business. Specifically, here are some of the top public policy issues the Chamber will focus on in 2017-2018.

State Priorities

  • Unfunded liability reform
  • Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA)
  • Medicaid – potential block grant
  • Skilled Trades Training Fund expansion
  • Criminal justice reform – Smart & Safe Parole
  • Port authority
  • High school graduation requirement flexibility
  • Full repeal of Personal Property Tax
  • Prevailing wage

Grand Rapids Priorities

  • Business Growth
  • Parking
  • Fiscal Resiliency
  • Collaboration
  • Housing

Kent County Priorities

  • Assessing
  • Information Technology
  • Administration and General Government Services
  • Purchasing
  • Public Safety
    • 911 Dispatch
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Justice Initiatives
  • Restoration of the Grand River
  • Park & trail system enhancement
  • Coordinated infrastructure networks

Business owners across the board are discovering how action on mission-critical business issues can be accomplished through the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. We listen carefully to members and turn member input into action through relentless advocacy. Our goal is to improve Michigan’s economic competitiveness as well as our region. Our legislative priorities are intended to help focus policymakers’ attention on the economic challenges facing Michigan and to offer pro-business solutions to these problems. Whenever possible, Chamber staff works across party lines with elected officials to shape beneficial public policy.

Learn more about our priority issues:

Join one of our many issue-oriented advocacy committees to get more involved.