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Lansing Regional Chamber Calls for Public/Private Sector Collaboration to Move the Region Forward

Thursday, November 5, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Lansing Regional Chamber Calls for Public/Private Sector Collaboration to Move the Region Forward

Regional cooperation, economic development, creating investment and jobs and financial health of local municipalities among top issues


The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is urging the business community and local elected officials to begin forging a new era of stronger public/private collaboration in addressing the major issues in the Greater Lansing region.


“The nature of election years is that deliberations on the really tough issues are placed on the back burner until after the election is over,” said LRCC president & CEO Tim Daman.  “The Lansing Regional Chamber looks forward to getting back to the business of building a better future for the Greater Lansing region”


Among the issues LRCC contends are the leading priorities in the region are addressing the financial health of the City of Lansing, which continues to face the challenge of solving $600 million in unfunded healthcare and pension liabilities.  LRCC also stressed the continued emphasis on public policies that create an environment that encourages business investment and jobs. In the City of East Lansing, voters identified economic development and adoption of a plan for the long-stalled Park District project as top priorities.


“It’s time to bring people together in a way that allows the Park District and other important investments to become a reality,” said Steve Japinga, LRCC director of government relations. “The Chamber looks forward to being involved in positive solutions that can be embraced by everyone involved.”


“It’s our expectation that whatever the issue or challenge that we face that everyone involved will engage in dialogue with civility and respect for others, even when there are disagreements,” said Daman.  “If we all approach tough issues in a constructive fashion, I am confident we can successfully reach agreements on all our issues and move the region forward.”


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), Linked In and You Tube.


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