Building a Better Region

The Greater Lansing region has made great strides over the past few years to increase the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. As the region’s driving force for positive change, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) works relentlessly to build a stronger community and more prosperous region for all.

2018 was good to our region

Last year, the chamber worked with business leaders, community members and public officials from every level of government to collaboratively influence and support initiatives, pieces of legislation and regional developments, creating positive change and strengthening the Greater Lansing region.

The LRCC’s 2018 policy priorities improved the region’s education and workforce development, infrastructure, regulatory environment and regionalism, and they resulted in many regional successes, including:

Coleman Road funding: A total of $7.6 million was secured to extend Coleman Road to ease traffic on Lake Lansing Road and create new economic development opportunities and jobs.

Heritage Hall funding: The funds were secured for a new $40 million welcome center to the Michigan Capitol, serving as an educational resource for Michiganders and visitors.

50-50 Rule repeal: A law was removed that could have potentially increased the costs of food or alcohol to consumers and could no longer be accurately monitored and audited in the city of East Lansing.

Ingham County, East Lansing and Lansing court consolidation (House Bill 6344): The bill promotes regional collaboration and provides significant savings for the region.

American Airline LAN to DCA: This move extended nonstop flights from Lansing to Washington, D.C., which will continue to support the region’s development, growth
and quality of life.

In order to continue to effectively impact policy decisions, the chamber has formed key relationships with organizations that are also fighting to help the region reach its fullest potential.

Partnering with the Capitol Caucus

The Capitol Caucus is a nine-member, bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers from the mid-Michigan region that represents legislative districts in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. Throughout the year, the chamber will work with the Capitol Caucus to advocate for businesses to the lawmakers who represent the region.

The Capitol Caucus selected Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-East Lansing, as chair. Reps. Angela Witwer, D-Delta Township, and Sarah Lightner, R-Springport, were named as vice chairs for its 2019-2020 leadership positions.

The other members of the caucus are Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville; Rep. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing; Rep. Julie Brixie, D-Meridian Township; Rep. Kara Hope, D-Holt; Rep. Graham Filler, R-Ovid; and Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso.

What’s in store for 2019?

This year, the chamber’s government relations team is focused on leading advocacy efforts to strengthen the business environment in our region and enhance our community while keeping you connected and advocating on your behalf.

By building and strengthening key relationships with local, state and federal policymakers who are making decisions that impact your business, the chamber will remain the trusted voice of your business. Together as business leaders, we will influence policy decisions by leading and executing efforts that focus on the Greater Lansing business community’s guiding principles and our shared vision to make the Lansing region a better place to live and work.

The chamber’s 2019 advocacy priorities will focus on the following areas:

Talent and workforce development Regional infrastructure Economic development Regulatory environment
Local government financial health

As the chamber continues to work relentlessly on the policies impacting your business, if you have specific issues that you want our staff to review and act on, contact Steve Japinga, vice president of government relations, at sjapinga@lansingchamber.org or Amanda Fischer, communications and public policy coordinator, at afischer@lansingchamber.org.

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