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Talent, Talent, Talent

Create Great Policy Update: Road Funding and Automobile Insurance

Talent– whether it’s lack of skilled labor, retention or attraction- is the number one issue facing the West Michigan business community. The Grand Rapids Chamber continues to work diligently in Lansing to address our talent crisis in two important areas: degree attainment and childcare.

Governor’s Talent Initiatives: Michigan Reconnect & MI Opportunity Scholarships

The Grand Rapids Chamber met with the Governor’s team along with other business groups to delve into the several areas the business community has asked the Governor to consider when crafting these initiatives. Together, the stakeholders started to gather language around important topics like accountability, student support, remediation, and economic alignment. The Chamber is dedicated to supporting these initiatives and will continue to work through specific language to make the programs a success.


The Grand Rapids Chamber also convened a small stakeholder group to talk through ideas in the childcare space. Senator Curt VanderWall and Representative Greg VanWoerkom were joined by a handful of organizations passionate about addressing the childcare issues in our state. With varying levels of expertise and time spent in the childcare space, barriers and possible avenues to explore where hashed out to start to highlight where real change can be made.

The next convening will include more stakeholders working on childcare policies, building a coalition dedicated to tackling this nuanced problem.


Questions? Contact Alexa Kramer at alexa@grandrapids.org or 616.771.0311


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