Lansing Regional Chamber and Tri-County Governments Collaborate
On Wednesday, June 8, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a news conference to reveal details of a public/private sector agreement involving Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The news conference unveiled the plan to have leadership from all three counties come together to collaborate on focusing lawmakers’ attention back toward the mid-Michigan area.
“This is about growth and development,” said Tim Daman, president of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“We want to make our region a little bit more competitive with other regions in the state.”
The speakers of the event included Daman, David Hollister, co-chair of the City of Lansing Financial Health Team, Kara Hope, chair on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, Blake Mulder, chair of the Eaton County Board of Commissioners, Eric Scorsone, director of the MSU Center for Local Government Finance and Policy, and Robert Showers, chair of the Clinton County Board of Commissioners.
The group, as a whole, believes that legislature isn’t doing enough to allow the mid-Michigan region to thrive and grow. During this event, the speakers listed above signed a collaboration document, as well as stating that Michigan Avenue is the first major project that the committee will be taking on, and that they plan to work together to grow and nurture the mid-Michigan area.
Hollister, former mayor of Lansing and now co-Chair of the City of Lansing Financial Health Team, noted that other successful capital cities, cities like Austin, Columbus and Minneapolis, have a few traits in common, one of which is that they are regionally focused. He, representing the rest of the committee as well, feel that these counties coming together to look at these issues and work together will be a great asset to the mid-Michigan area and growing our capital city.
“We celebrate today a very significant step because these three counties, the chamber, and the university are committing to collaboration,” said Hollister. “This is a significant and incremental step. I’m excited about it, I’m excited about the work that’s gone into it.”
Other speakers shared their enthusiasm for the direction in which this new collaboration will take the mid-Michigan area.
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