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Lansing Chamber Joins Business Group to Influence Statewide Policy

As the voice of business for the Lansing region, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce works relentlessly to help businesses connect, grow and thrive. One of the ways we do t…

As the voice of business for the Lansing region, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce works relentlessly to help businesses connect, grow and thrive. One of the ways we do that is through advocacy. The chamber helps create a climate for businesses to be successful by working with local, state and federal lawmakers to support our region’s business community. 

For more than 115 years, the chamber has been a champion for the region, helping increase economic development opportunities, tackling local municipal financial health, supporting regional infrastructure projects, and talent and workforce development efforts in addition to providing a clear voice to lawmakers on regulatory issues impacting our region’s businesses. 

Although the chamber’s efforts have influenced the success of our state and region throughout our storied history, we still have work to do. This is why the chamber has teamed up with some of the largest, most influential chambers of commerce in Michigan including the Detroit Regional Chamber, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, Bay Area Regional Chamber, Grand Rapids Chamber, Flint and Genesee Chamber, Saginaw County Chamber, and Southwest Michigan Chamber.

By advocating together, our message will be louder and stronger. This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness and advocate for policies that will positively impact Michigan – creating a stronger environment for businesses and residents to grow and thrive. 

Employers have indicated that the No. 1 issue facing their business is the need for a high-quality, highly skilled workforce. With Michigan’s infrastructure in its poorest condition in decades, the coalition of regional chambers set this agenda to create meaningful change in 2019.

The organizations support the following priorities that are vital to Michigan’s progress:

  1. Increased and dedicated revenue stream for state and local roads and infrastructure. Funding for a comprehensive, statewide infrastructure fix is nearly impossible unless a needed dedicated revenue stream is identified and enacted.
  2. Increased funding for “Going Pro”– formerly the Skilled Trades Training Fund. This employer-driven, upskilling program has been widely successful with significant potential for growth.
  3. Expansion of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include gender identity and sexual orientation. Michigan must have a welcoming and competitive climate to attract and retain top talent from around the state, nation and globe.
  4. Maintaining a fair, broad-based and competitive tax structure for Michigan businesses. Our competitive and simple corporate income tax is working for business, and it is working for Michigan.
  5. Supporting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Pathways Education Attainment Strategy, modeled after Tennessee’s successful Promise and Reconnect programs. In order to move Michigan forward, we must unite around a shared vision for upskilling our workforce and increasing degree attainment.

This is our chance to come together and demand long-term, sustainable solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing our state and communities. Together we will work collaboratively to ensure our regions continue to grow and prosper. The chamber looks forward to continuing to work with our regional chamber colleagues to help the Lansing region reach its full potential. 

 

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