Advocacy Center

THE VOICE FOR BUSINESS...

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. Having a voice and influence in the government is essential to successful business in Muskegon and is the top priority of the advocacy staff. Every Chamber member is encouraged to stay up to date on current legislation and Chamber support on varying issues.


Resources


2014 Candidate Ratings and Voting Guide now available!

Click here to view the 2014 Voting Guide. For additional copies of this voting guide to distribute, click here.

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

If you are interested in learning more about the Advocacy Center or would like to sign up for any of the resources above, contact the Chamber today at 231-722-3751 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Legislative Priorities 

Workforce Development Resurfaces as Number One Advocacy Priority

Each year members are surveyed to determine the business issues most important to our business community. The priorities determined by the survey results guide the chamber positions and Government Affairs Committee activities throughout the year. Here are the top priority issues for 2014:

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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%

Click here for complete survey results. Thank you to everyone who took the time to take the survey! 


TAKING ACTION

Here is a list of the chamber positions taken in recent years. Items in bold are still considered active and need your support. Items italicized were successful and are moving forward towards completion or implementation.

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS:

Local Elected Officials
Muskegon County Elected Officials
Muskegon County Board of Commissioners
Muskegon County Directory

State Representatives
Marica Hovey-Wright
Collene Lamonte

State Senator
Goeff Hansen

Federal Elected Officials
Contact Senator Carl Levin or Debbie Stabenow
Contact Congressman Bill Huizenga


Candidate Star Rating System
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Before an election, the Government Affairs Committee takes the time to interview candidates to provide a star rating based on how the candidate views and intends to act upon the issues that impact businesses in Muskegon. These star rating serves as a quick resource to Chamber members as they prepare to vote. Click here to view the 2014 Candidate Star Ratings.

Candidate School
For those members that have ever pondered the idea of running for an elected position, a Candidate School event is offered periodically to give an overview of the ins and outs of the entire process. Local officials are invited to offer their own insights of the rewards and responsibilities of running and the local issues are presented.


GEE! Awards (Governments Encouraging Entrepreneurs)

The Chamber Government Affairs Committee recognizes the individuals and government entities who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and process improvement in ease of use, customer service, effective communication, building partnerships and commitment to economic development. Nominations for GEE! Awards are accepted year round. Click here for a nomination form

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Previous GEE! AWARD WINNERS:

  • 2013: Bryon Mazade and the Muskegon City Commission, Muskegon Area First – Procurement Technical Assistance Center Region 3
  • 2012: Muskegon County and MSU Product Center, Egelston Township, City of Norton Shores
  • 2011: Gary Nelund, Brian Werchem, Chris Witham, Steve Warmington, Rod Buikema, Emery Hatch, Henry Roesler
  • 2010: Cathy Bruebaker-Clark, Dennis Stepke, Mike Franzak, Marcia Jeske

 

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