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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Friday, 20 July 2018 17:47

Biz groups oppose redistricting proposal

Major Michigan business groups say a statewide ballot initiative to change the way legislative districts are drawn is flawed and unnecessary, but supporters believe the plan would help achieve shared policy goals and restore public faith in politics. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:00

Prevailing wage, online gambling among Legislature’s finished, unfinished business

June was a busy month for the Michigan Legislature.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 03 June 2018 10:00

West Michigan businesses back Soo Locks upgrades

MACKINAC ISLAND — West Michigan business leaders say that a proposed upgrade of the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula is critical for keeping the region’s economy moving forward.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

Call to Action: As education results in Michigan slip, stakeholders mobilize

Michigan’s beleaguered K-12 public education system continues to take a beating from the state’s business groups.

Published in Talent
Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:13

State certifies petition to legalize marijuana

Michigan continues to come closer to legalizing and regulating the recreational use of marijuana.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 01 April 2018 22:54

Bill would require pharma companies to report data on high-cost drugs

In 2014, the narcotic overdose treatment Naloxone cost $690. Today, the same drug sells for $4,500.

Published in Health Care


Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:00

Snyder’s spending plan looks to invest amid pressure for more tax relief

Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed final state budget includes hundreds of millions of dollars in one-time investments, increased funding for roads and years-long fees to support environmental initiatives.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:09

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:18

2018 policy outlook: Tapping into Michigan’s talent and controlling unfunded liabilities

Business and local government advocates aren’t always aligned on policy issues, but both groups say 2018 will require concerted efforts to attract and retain talent in Michigan.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 17 December 2017 18:39

Downtown parking ramp discussion clears MobileGR

GRAND RAPIDS –– After a largely procedural vote striking down a resolution to boost the inventory of public parking in Grand Rapids, city commissioners will likely reconsider the idea now that it’s gone through the proper channels.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 11:55

Grand Rapids library officials, business group at odds over millage request

GRAND RAPIDS —  The head of the Grand Rapids Public Library says she was “disappointed” and surprised by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s opposition to the group’s millage request before city voters on Nov. 7.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

Published in Economic Development


Sunday, 03 September 2017 16:43

‘The fix is in’: Groups say utilities threaten choice market as new energy laws take effect

An ongoing case before the Michigan Public Service Commission over maintaining adequate electricity supplies into the future is prompting concerns over rising energy costs and unnecessarily spending $1 billion on new power plants.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:48

Mobility Options: Amid high demand, Grand Rapids groups seek new solutions — beyond just parking

As West Michigan’s economy expands, planners and business owners find they’re facing a new growing pain.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:22

‘Good Jobs’ legislation passes Michigan House

Controversial economic development legislation passed the Michigan House on Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for Gov. Rick Snyder’s likely signature.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:26

As real estate market surges, West Michigan creatives ponder their place

When Brian Kelly first heard about a suburban space to move his Grand Rapids-based photography studio, he ignored the idea for one simple reason: It was in Kentwood.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:00

Marijuana legalization backers optimistic about putting issue to Michigan voters in 2018

Backers of a marijuana legalization ballot initiative in Michigan say they have the financial and grassroots support necessary to put the question before voters in 2018.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:25

Snyder’s unfunded liability task force draws skepticism, but groups hope for swift action

Mark Williams worked at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for about 20 years as an employee of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. He was laid off in 2013 when the state privatized the facility and turned to contracted workers.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:11

Electric choice customers, suppliers optimistic despite recent federal ruling

Federal regulators this month rejected a plan by the multi-state electric grid operator to redesign the capacity auction process for parts of Michigan and Illinois, a move that would have affected electric choice customers and providers.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:09

Economic developers again push for enhanced incentives

When it comes to economic development efforts in Michigan, practitioners and policymakers say it’s important to legislate the tools to attract and retain companies, not individual projects.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 December 2016 20:10

2017 Legislative Outlook: Lansing weighs options to control unfunded liabilities

The Legislature’s 2016 lame-duck session was marked by both bipartisan agreement on tough policy issues as well as contentious attempts to solve ongoing state problems that nonetheless split along party lines.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 27 November 2016 15:40

Energy bills head to lame-duck showdown; House Republicans, biz groups split

LANSING — Sweeping energy policy reform that has taken nearly two years to move through the state Legislature could face a contentious debate during the remaining days of the post-election lame duck session.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:42

Lame Duck Legislative Outlook: TIF/DDA reforms, brownfield changes on deck

As Michigan legislators prepare to enter their final session of the year, policy watchers across the state are closely monitoring legislation that could get a vote in the lame duck session. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 02 October 2016 14:05

Pot-ential Boon? Michigan lawmakers take major step to legitimize marijuana industry

Eight years after voters approved the use of medical marijuana, Michigan lawmakers have agreed to a regulatory framework for the commercial growing and selling of marijuana to qualified patients.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 02 October 2016 13:21

Major developments could get funding boost under proposed incentives

To help make Michigan more attractive for large-scale real estate developments, lawmakers want to give developers new options to help fund their projects.

Sunday, 21 August 2016 14:28

The Trump Effect? Tight West Michigan House races may swing against business-backed candidates

At least two Republican-controlled state House seats in West Michigan are expected to be competitive in the Nov. 8 election as Democrats set lofty goals to retake a majority in the lower chamber.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:46

Unfinished Business: A look at what’s next for Michigan lawmakers in 2016

Earlier this month, the state Legislature adjourned for most of the summer so lawmakers can focus on constituent issues in their home districts, as well as this year’s election. 

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 20 May 2016 12:55

Award-winning CFOs rely on comprehensive perspective, ‘brutal honesty’ for success

Responsibly managing corporate finances increasingly requires the best financial executives to expand their scope by branching out into other roles. That was one key message this year’s winners in the MiBiz CFO of the Year Awards shared during a best practices panel discussion this week.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 15 May 2016 11:27

Dick’s incentive plans, financial tools put GR Chamber on path to growth

When Shari Dick joined the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in 2014, sales were stagnant, turnover was high and many of the staff members worked in silos.

Published in CFO Award Profiles
Sunday, 15 May 2016 10:54

Business-backed reading standards held up in Legislature

West Michigan’s business community says it has a vested interest in how well third-graders can read. 

Published in Economic Development

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