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Supports Regional Representation on Lansing Board of Water and Light Board of Commissioners

Thursday, July 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release                                                                    Ross Woodstock

                                                                                                            Kolt Communications, Inc

July 31, 2014                                                                                     517-706-0001/517-410-7636

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Supports Regional Representation on Lansing Board of Water and Light Board of Commissioners

(Lansing, MI) – The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) has announced its support of a proposal to expand the governing board of the Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL) to include broader regional representation. The LRCC Board of Directors supports adding three board seats to the existing LBWL board to be filled by representatives from the City of East Lansing, Delta Township and a rotating seat between Meridian, Lansing, DeWitt and Delhi Townships. In offering it’s support, the LRCC sees the additional board representation as a beginning effort toward broader regional collaboration.

“The Board of Water and Light’s governing board will benefit from the representation and input of the rate payers from across the greater Lansing region,” said William J. Kimble, Chair of the Lansing Chamber. “Regionally, it is imperative that we put in place the necessary processes and systems to handle any future emergency situations.”

In announcing its support for an expanded LBWL Board of Directors, LRCC also indicated that it would work with the LBWL to study the impact on the business community of the LBWL’s proposed rate increase.

“Utility costs are a critical factor in our region’s ability to compete for jobs and investment,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer. “Historically, the lower utility costs associated with our municipally-owned utility have been a major advantage, which we need to ensure that we maintain.”

The public discussion over the expanded LBWL Board of Directors was a direct result of challenges involving LBWL’s handling of the massive ice storm and power outage that struck the region in December 2013. Follow-up investigations by a Community Review Team, the State Public Service Commission and an internal report by LBWL resulted in 168 recommendations to improve LBWL performance. LRCC also plans to work with LBWL in the development of a community matrix/dashboard that will track progress towards implementing the proposed reforms.

The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), LinkedIn and YouTube.


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