INGHAM, EATON AND CLINTON COUNTY BOARDS OF COMMISSIONERS JOIN LANSING REGIONAL CHAMBER IN MAJOR REGIONAL INITIATIVE

A major regional partnership recently announced marks the first time that the three county governments in the tri-county region and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) have formally agreed to work together to address priority issues in the region. LRCC and the Boards of Commissioners in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to foster collaboration between the tri-counties to support regional economic growth and policy initiatives.

“This partnership is unprecedented in many ways and is already resulting a greater regional dialogue on how the region can work together on issues that benefit the entire region,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer. “We fully intend to get beyond the dialogue and focus our collective attention on specific issues that need to be a priority in promoting a higher quality of life in the region.”

Officials envision a regional collaboration in which participants develop collective strategies for addressing regional priorities. Among issues likely to be identified are concerns over infrastructure needs, developing the Michigan Avenue Corridor and working with state officials to modify the state revenue sharing formula for local governments.

The regional partnership will also provide tri-county units of government the opportunity to better understand best practices being used to effectively address financial challenges that are a reality for most municipalities. To that end, the Ingham, Eaton and Clinton County Boards of Commissioners have all accepted a position on the City of Lansing’s Financial Health Team (FHT), which has been working at recommending strategies to strengthen Lansing’s financial position.
Though the MOU is not legally binding, it does provide a framework for the tri-counties to work together to accomplish several objectives:
To freely discuss and exchange ideas and concepts regarding infrastructure needs, marketing, policy, talent, business attraction and retention, value–adding propositions, job creation, regional competitiveness and innovation; and to act positively to enhance the image of the region.

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