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Advancing Greater Lansing Through Advocacy

Monday, January 9, 2017  
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By Steve Japinga

On behalf of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) Government Relations Department, I would like to thank you, our members, for making 2016 a stellar year! Without your commitment and engagement on issues important to our region, our advocacy efforts would not have been such a success. From securing critical airline slots to Washington D.C., repaving Michigan Avenue, to fighting against unnecessary regulations, we accomplished so much together. We look forward to carrying that momentum into 2017.

In the new year, we will remain focused on building upon our success by concentrating on LRCC’s advocacy priorities that will move our region forward and continue to make Greater Lansing a great place to do business. LRCC will continue to work collaboratively with business and community leaders and elected officials to promote a pro-growth agenda at our local, state and federal levels of government.

Local Government Financial Health

With local governments of all shapes and sizes throughout Michigan facing more than $13 billion in unfunded liabilities, ensuring our local units of government are financially healthy is a top priority for the Chamber. Legacy costs including pension and retiree healthcare have become a challenge. In our region, we have municipalities that are struggling to address these costs while others have made significant progress. It is important for our region’s leaders to work together, learn from and help each other to find solutions that can both pay for past promises while ensuring financial stability for our future.

Capitol Council of Governments

Something you will hear a lot about in the coming year is our partnership with Michigan State University and Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties Board of Commissioners in a new initiative called the Capitol Council of Governments (CAPCOG). The mission of CAPCOG is to advocate for issues at the state level that will benefit the entire region. CAPCOG will work collaboratively with our Capitol Caucus members - State Senators and Representatives who represent the Greater Lansing region - on securing critical infrastructure funding as well as supporting initiatives that attract and retain talent to our region. 

Regulatory Streamlining

We consistently hear from members big and small that government regulations are making it harder and harder to do business. Our job is to make your job easy and that’s why LRCC will continue to work with our local, state and federal policy makers to eliminate unnecessary regulations that impede economic growth as well as advocate for cooperation between units of government to avoid duplication while streamlining delivery of services.

2017 will be a busy year and the work we have to do is incredibly important for our region and your business. Stay engaged and committed to moving the Greater Lansing region forward together.

Contact Steve Japinga, Director of Government Relations, for more information about how you can get involved at 517-853-6467 or

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