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A bipartisan team of political and legal players will work around an unwilling state Legislature to expand civil rights protections for Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Fair Michigan campaign has launched a statewide ballot initiative that would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity.

Published in Economic Development

After a marathon session and more than four years of back-and-forth, the Michigan Legislature last night passed a bill that will generate $1.2 billion in revenue from new and existing sources to fix and maintain the state’s roads.

Published in In the News

GRAND RAPIDS — When the Michigan Economic Development Corp. awarded a $450,000  “economic gardening” grant to Grand Rapids-based Local First of West Michigan in January, the move raised more than a few eyebrows among local economic developers and chamber executives.

Published in Economic Development

State and national economic climates are the top concerns of Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce members in 2012, according to the results of an annual survey.The rising cost of health care and state and municipal budget management rounded out the top five concerns in the survey, which helps the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce set advocacy priorities for the year.

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