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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

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
Sunday, 06 March 2016 14:51

Business groups balance priorities with need to solve Flint, DPS problems

As the state grapples with the Flint water crisis and a long-term funding solution for Detroit Public Schools, business advocates hope lawmakers will still be able to tackle policies that keep health care costs down, add transparency and help companies attract talent. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 07 February 2016 23:33

As renewable energy prices drop, business groups split on state mandates

As the price of wind and solar energy declines and even falls in line with fossil fuels, some policymakers have started to wonder if it’s time to expand Michigan’s renewable energy mandates.

Published in Economic Development
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