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Displaying items by tag: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:00

Talent, housing, infrastructure among top priorities in 2020 Grand Rapids Chamber survey

Talent, housing and infrastructure topped the 2020 priority list for members of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 22 December 2019 18:05

GR Chamber to bolster diversity and inclusion programming in new year

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce continues to seek out ways to address the persistent talent issues that local companies are facing. Rick Baker, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Chamber, said the organization is advocating for ways to attract talent at the local and state levels, including by expanding programming in 2020. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 22 December 2019 00:00

Celebrate Community Changemakers at the Chamber’s 132nd Annual Meeting

The Grand Rapids Chamber is thrilled to announce the 132nd Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at DeVos Place. At the Chamber’s largest event of the year, over 800 attendees will celebrate what was accomplished in the community to “Create Great” in 2019, as well as the work the Chamber executed to support a thriving and prosperous West Michigan for all.

Published in Sponsored content

Sunday, 27 October 2019 18:30

Grand Rapids groups partner on retail pilot program

GRAND RAPIDS — Multiple organizations have partnered to assess how Grand Rapids can attract and retain retail across all parts of the city.

Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:19

Bipartisan bills broaden state’s role to support second-stage businesses

Backed by a key small business advocate in Lansing, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have proposed a legislative package to boost state support for companies operating in the space between small startups and larger corporations.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 01 September 2019 11:53

Lawmaker cites benefits of issuing licenses to undocumented immigrants

State Sen. Stephanie Chang says granting state driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants is as much of an issue of economics and public health as it is about immigration.

Published in Economic Development


Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:58

Michigan business groups to lawmakers: Fix the roads

A coalition of business groups today urged state lawmakers to finally come up with a way to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

GR could fund parking expansion in next budget

GRAND RAPIDS — Citing high occupancy in the city’s parking facilities and a long waitlist for monthly parking passes, Grand Rapids is considering plans to build two new parking decks to expand options for downtown workers.

Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

Michigan’s push to expand LGBTQ civil rights comes amid key federal lawsuits

State lawmakers are pushing once again to expand civil rights protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as key legal cases on the issue sit before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

Exit Planning Institute forms West Michigan chapter

GRAND RAPIDS — When advisers begin to prepare a business for a transition and sale, they also need to prepare the entrepreneur for what’s next.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 31 March 2019 22:15

Q&A: Graci Harkema, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Founders Brewing Co.

Graci Harkema wants to break the craft beer industry’s bearded white male stereotype. In January, she became diversity and inclusion director at Founders Brewing Co., where she’s working to give employees opportunities to “be their authentic selves and achieve their goals.” Her hire followed a pair of controversies at Founders.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 29 March 2019 14:46

Biz groups back Whitmer plan to boost degree-holders

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and three other Michigan business groups backed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to increase the number of state residents with a college degree and create a scholarship fund to help students go to school after high school.

Published in Economic Development


Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:13

Small businesses join call for civil forfeiture reform

The state chapter of a small business advocacy group is among the supporters of a bipartisan bill package introduced this month to reform the way law enforcement seizes property from people suspected of crimes.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 23 December 2018 15:38

Crystal Ball 2019 Michigan Policy Outlook: Amid new political dynamic, business groups focus on talent, road funding

Michigan business groups say a transition of executive power from a Republican to a Democrat brings policy uncertainty, but they expect a continued focus from Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer on at least two topics: road funding and talent.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:45

Lame Duck Outlook: Biz groups closely watching paid sick leave, minimum wage bills

Bills to scale back new state laws mandating paid sick leave and increasing the minimum wage are top of mind for local and statewide business groups in this year’s legislative lame duck session.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:45

Michigan first of Midwest states to legalize recreational marijuana

Proponents of statewide and local ballot initiatives went four-for-four on election night, establishing a new process for drawing legislative districts, increasing access to voting and dedicating funding for early childhood development in Kent County.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 26 October 2018 10:45

Study estimates marijuana as $1.4 billion industry for Michigan

Marijuana for recreational use by adults could become a $1.4 billion industry in Michigan in the years ahead.

Published in Finance
Friday, 28 September 2018 19:50

Report: Immigrants contribute $3.3 billion to Kent County economy

Immigrants now living in Kent County are making a significant impact on the local economy.

Published in Breaking News

Friday, 28 September 2018 19:27

Second Chances: West Michigan companies see ‘banning the box’ as a solution to talent crunch

Companies and job-placement organizations in West Michigan say an executive order signed by Gov. Rick Snyder comes as a good first step in addressing the state’s skilled trades shortage.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 24 September 2018 12:44

Schuette addresses GR Chamber endorsement controversy

Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Monday morning signaled further willingness to expand the state’s civil rights law following an endorsement controversy last week.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:35

Controversy mounts over GR Chamber endorsement of Schuette in race for Michigan governor

The backlash against the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce over its controversial endorsement of GOP Michigan gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette continues to percolate.

Published in Breaking News

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:40

GR Chamber faces backlash over LGBT concerns after Schuette endorsement

Over the last several years, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has sought to make diversity and inclusion a key part of its mission and culture.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 31 August 2018 21:07

Municipal leaders, state officials differ over emphasis on local government funding

While Detroit’s record-setting municipal bankruptcy may be a distant memory, many business leaders around the state still view the financial health of Michigan’s municipalities as a potential ticking time bomb.

Published in Economic Development
Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:13

GR’s green infrastructure investments worth the cost, GVSU study finds

Grand Valley State University researchers have found the benefits outweigh the costs of Grand Rapids’ investment in green infrastructure to limit stormwater runoff.

Published in Economic Development

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

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