State and local Chambers from around the state gathered in Lansing for meetings with legislators and staff and to advocate for policies that foster business and job growth

On Tuesday, May 6, the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and 31 other local Chambers met in Lansing to discuss their combined goals and strategies in 2014. Participants were scheduled to attend a series of meetings with legislators and policymakers throughout the day to discuss issues favorable to job creation and business growth in Michigan.

The Saginaw Chamber of Commerce is leading the way for members in our community to be better informed about issues affecting their businesses,” said Chamber President Bob Van Deventer. “Our participation in Chamber of Commerce Day demonstrates we are engaging our members with lawmakers and opinion leaders to make a difference.”

Participants met early in the day with policymakers to discuss topics on transportation and infrastructure funding, minimum wage and personal property tax reform. In the afternoon, chamber leaders met with legislators and concluded the meeting with a forecast on the remainder of the legislative session.

The event marks the first Chamber of Commerce Day, but participants are already making plans for an annual event.

“We had an impressive turnout today with many important chambers of commerce from around the state,” said Bob Thomas, Executive Director, Michigan Chamber Foundation. “Legislators heard directly from local businesspeople in their district about policies affecting their companies. Having so many business leaders convene at once is a powerful opportunity to send a message.”

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