The voice of Northern Michigan’s business community continues to strengthen with the addition of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce as a full partner in the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.
The addition of the Manistee Area Chamber as a full Alliance partner bolsters the organization to nine regional Chambers of Commerce working collectively on local, regional, state and federal legislative and policy issues impacting the business community on behalf of more than 8,000 businesses across Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
“The Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors were completely in favor of joining the Alliance as full partner,” Manistee Area Chamber Executive Director Stacie Bytwork said. “We felt collectively that this is the right time to be at the table with the other partners and strengthen our relationship. The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce is excited for the collaboration and the positive impact this will have on our membership, community and Northern Michigan. Together we have a stronger voice!”
Other Alliance partners include the Chambers in Traverse City, Alpena, Benzie County, Cadillac, Charlevoix, Gaylord, Petoskey and the Lake Superior Community Partnership based in Marquette. Associate Alliance members include chambers in Elk Rapids, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, Boyne City and East Jordan. The Manistee Chamber had been an associate member.
“By joining the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance it allows our director to network and keep our local chamber abreast of issues occurring at the regional, state and national level, that ultimately affect members in Manistee County,” said Kevin Hughes, Superintendent of Onekama Consolidated Schools who serves on the Manistee Chamber Board and its Government Affairs Committee.
Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood said the organization is excited about Manistee’s involvement in the regional business alliance and that it will continue to strengthen the collective voice of the area business community.
“The Manistee Chamber has tremendous leadership, is becoming very active in business advocacy work, and has some exciting growth happening in the community,” Wood said. “It will be a great partner in expanding the advocacy power of the Northern Michigan business community.”