Chambers of commerce celebrate Chamber of Commerce Day

The Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and 31 other local chambers met in Lansing on Tuesday to discuss their combined goals and strategies in 2014. Participants attended a series of meetings with legislators and policy makers throughout the day to discuss issues favorable to job creation and business growth in Michigan.

“The Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce is leading the way for members in our community to be better informed about issues affecting their businesses,” Executive Director Jackie Krawczak stated in a press release. “Our participation in Chamber of Commerce Day demonstrates we are engaging our members with lawmakers and opinion leaders to make a difference.”

Participants met early in the day with policy makers to discuss topics on transportation and infrastructure funding, minimum wage and personal property tax reform. In the afternoon, chamber leaders met with legislators and concluded the meeting with a forecast on the remainder of the legislative session.

It marked the second Chamber of Commerce Day event and participants are already making plans for an annual event.

“We had an impressive turnout today with many important chambers of commerce from around the state,” Bob Thomas, executive director of Michigan Chamber Foundation, said. “Legislators heard directly from local businesspeople in their district about policies affecting their companies. Having so many business leaders convene at once is a powerful opportunity to send a message.”