Representatives of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, led by Petoskey Regional Chamber President Carlin Smith and Alliance director of government relations Kent Wood, were on hand in Lansing on February 18th to testify in front of the Senate Commerce Committee.
The Alliance was invited by commerce committee chairman Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) to join other regional Chambers from around the state to update the committee on their priorities and perceived barriers to economic growth.
The Alliance shared the following priorities for the 2015-2016 session:
The Alliance also shared various barriers to success in northern Michigan, which can be seen by viewing the Powerpoint presented at the hearing:
One outcome of the hearing is that the Alliance, after being suggested by a member of the committee, will work on setting up a summer tour with the Senate Commerce committee and various northern Michigan businesses.