The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer its membership advocacy staff dedicated to working with local, state and federal elected officials to influence pro-business policies that impact your bottom line.
As a member of the Chamber, Advocacy Center resources are included in the cost of your membership investment. Here are some of the resources you can begin taking advantage of immediately:
• Action eAlerts – Email updates on the hottest community and legislative issues alerting members to take action
• Face time with Elected Officials – Invites to exclusive meetings with policy makers
• Research and Issue Support – Assistance with issue research, scheduling stakeholder meetings, legislation and ordinance evaluation etc.
• Member Issue Forums – Access to informational presentations about relevant policy issues
• Facebook and Twitter – Regular updates and information regarding advocacy efforts, initiatives, resources, forums and feedback
• Taskforce Participation – Gauges interest on specific issues and invites participation in discussion about the topic
• Muskegon Business Political Action Committee – Donations supporting pro-business state candidates and issue education campaigns
• Priority Setting – Gauges member business interests on specific issues that set the Chamber's legislative agenda
In 2013, the cost of healthcare emerged as our member's top priority for the Government Affairs Committee. During 2014, the cost of health care will continue to be a priority, but with the top three issues identified related to workforce development, this will be the primary focus of our advocacy efforts this year.
2014 - Top Priority Issues
1. Attracting/Retaining an educated workforce - 96%
2. Developing educated/qualified workers - 95%
3. Promote Muskegon Co. as a place to live - 94%
4. Cost of health care - 93%
5. Health care access, utilization & disease prevention - 88%
2013 – Top Priority Issues
1. Cost of health care - 91%
2. Attracting/Retaining an educated workforce - 90%
3. Developing educated/qualified workers - 89%
4. Prevention of invasive species into Great Lakes - 89%
5. Promote Muskegon Co. as a place to live - 88%
The Government Affairs Survey polls Chamber members on issues from taxation to tourism and education to the environment. A representative portion of Chamber members responded to the survey helping prioritize our legislative agenda and serve as the voice of local businesses.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to take the survey!
On July 20th, 2011, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce released the results of the year-long Feasibility Study for Municipal Shared Services, This study’s results and recommendations will be used to help local governments find new ways to lower operating costs, save tax-payers money and provide better services for area residents and businesses. Since the launch of the study a Local Government Shared Services Plan has been organized, highlighting important parts of the study, and tracking the progress as the plan is put to work. Click here to read the plan and study or to learn more.
While working through the recommendations of the Shared Services Report, the issue of water collaboration surfaced and needed further evaluation. The Chamber and a group of business stakeholders hired Municipal Analytics to conduct an evaluation for possible water collaboration in our County. Click here to view the final report.
The Chamber Government Affairs Committee wants to publicly recognize and thank the individuals and governmental entities who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and process improvement in five areas that are important to the business community. These areas are: ease of use, customer service, effective communication, building partnerships and commitment to economic development.
Every municipality is invited to participate by submitting an essay within a particular category describing how they are contributing to a cooperative, consistent and flexible government services. We ask that they submit a letter of support from a local business, really solidifying the connection between the services provided and the impact on the business community.
Nominations for GEE! Awards are accepted year round. Click here for a nomination form
Congratulations to the 2013 GEE! Award winners who were recognized for supporting entrepreneurs and building an environment for business success.
Bryon Mazade and the Muskegon City Commission
Muskegon Area First – Procurement Technical Assistance Center Region 3
The Muskegon Business Political Action Committee (MBPAC) is an independent, non-partisan committee that exists for the purpose of financially supporting and endorsing candidates and legislators, policies and positions on a state level. In the future we may consider contributing to local and federal legislative efforts that are aligned with the interests of the greater Muskegon business community.