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Advocacy: Lobby Days in Lansing

Chamber representatives from Traverse City and across the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance covered plenty of ground with state lawmakers and their staffs during the Alliance Lobby Days in Lansing last month on their 2017-18 legislative priorities. Issues that were addressed included: • Transformational brownfield funding – the Michigan Thrive bill package to create new state […]

STEM Funding Letter to Senator Hansen

May 30, 2017 The Honorable Geoff Hansen, Chair Senate K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee Michigan Senate P.O. Box 30036 Lansing, MI 48909 Dear Senator Hansen, We are writing to you today to ask for your support in increasing funding for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming in Michigan’s schools as part of the K-12 education omnibus […]

Partner News: Join the Venture North Team

Credit Analyst Venture North Funding & Development Venture North is a division of the umbrella organization TraverseCONNECT, which also encompasses the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and TConn, a for-profit development division. Venture North is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading economic development initiatives by providing financial services and business assistance to the Northwest […]

Meet the Spring 2017 Leadership Grand Traverse Class

Here’s the newest graduating class of Leadership Grand Traverse, including their professional affiliations: Bryson Wilbert – 4Front Credit Union Tyler Bevier – Bay Area Transportation Authority Kathryn Grinsteiner – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Kevin Perkins – Coldwell Banker Brandon Darin – Grotenhuis Chad Schenkelberger – Hagerty Center NMC Eric Henry – Munson Medical […]

Member Story: Saluting Our Charter Members

Being part of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has always been an easy business decision for Bill Hemming, owner of Walters & Hemming Plumbing and Heating in downtown Traverse City. The business, founded by his grandfather Charles Hemming in 1926 after he returned from World War I, has been part of the Chamber […]

Without Risk, There is No Reward

How many things in life go exactly as planned on the first try? Not many. It’s why phrases like “trial and error” and “don’t give up” are familiar themes in most people’s personal and professional experiences. Successful endeavors are often built on a foundation of failed circumstances. There’s an endless list of life situations where […]

Advocacy: Chamber Days in Lansing

Chamber representatives from Traverse City and across the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance had a full agenda of meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday this week with state lawmakers to push for their 2017-18 legislative priorities. Issues being addressed included: • Transformational brownfield funding – the Thrive Michigan bill package to create new state tax incentives to […]

Federal Advocacy: Support for Great Lakes Funding

In a series of meetings with legislators and staff in Washington D.C. in March, the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance urged legislators to reinstate $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) – a program that infuses Michigan’s shoreline and water alone with over $100 million dollars in contamination clean up and invasive […]

Alliance Pushes 2x Funding For Education

The Issue One of the hallmark advocacy policies for the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance has been the push to close the funding equity gap in per pupil funding school districts around the state receive in the state budget. Historically, the Alliance has advocated for the 2x formula – where school districts receiving the minimum per […]

Retain Post Labor Day School Opening

A Michigan Senate committee passed a bill this spring to repeal the Post Labor Day School Start law that has meant millions of additional tourism dollars and thousands of additional room nights to northern Michigan. The bill – SB 271 – could be up for a full vote in the Senate in the near future, […]

Tweaks Needed for ‘Good Jobs for Michigan’ Package

The Traverse City Area Chamber is actively bringing the message of “one size does not fit all” to Lansing on a job creation bill package that would be unusable to northern Michigan businesses. Bills backed by Business Leaders for Michigan and the Good Jobs for Michigan coalition were brought up and passed in the Michigan […]

Comment Now on TCLP Fiber Optic Plan

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has opened dialogue with Traverse City Light & Power Co. over the utility’s study of possible development of a fiber-optic network to deliver high-speed internet service to business and residential customers in the utility’s service district. Light & Power representatives have met with the Chamber’s Government Relations Committee […]

Chamber Endorses “Thrive Michigan” Transformational Brownfield Bills

The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance are strong supporters of Senate Bills 111-115, a package of bills that were passed by the Michigan Senate and recently cleared the state House Tax Policy Committee. The bills create a transformational brownfield program that targets some of the most challenging properties and buildings to redevelop. The program would allow […]

Chamber Back Park Place, Brownfield Expansion

A plan for more than $6 million in upgrades and renovations to the Park Place Hotel – including a new downtown convention center – were recently approved by Traverse City and Grand Traverse County officials with the support of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. The plans include demolition and reconstruction of the hotel’s […]