Alliance Advocates for Northern MI Representation

In northern Michigan, we are aware that there is certainly no one-size-fits-all approach for many policy issues, and COVID-19 recovery efforts are no different. Rural northern Michigan businesses are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic differently than other areas in our state. Our communities and economies greatly rely on tourism and eventsWe are anxiously looking ahead for how we can ensure the vibrancy of our communities during this difficult time. On Wednesday, the Alliance submitted a letter to the Governor recognizing these differences in northern Michigan and advocating for the inclusion of our region in reopening discussions. The constructive letter offered the contact information of five industry representatives from across northern Michigan and the UP. The Alliance will continue to add our perspective in these conversations as we work to open up our economy safely 

Alliance Advocates for Bars & Restaurants

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission recently announced they wanted feedback from bars and restaurants on how we could support this industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The commission has also formed a task force to explore the feedback and suggestions. The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance formally submitted feedback and is eager to be included in conversations of the task force. Requests and feedback provided to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission included:

  • Allow for Michigan Small Distillers to conduct direct-to-consumer sales and shipping.
  • Allow for Class-C licensees to sell sealed, to-go mixed spirit drinks in a similar fashion to what is allowed under an SDM and/or Brewpub license (e.g., growlers of beer, cans of cider, and bottles of wine).
  • Further extend the delay in liquor license fees so that businesses may maintain their capital for operating functions.
  • Allow for expanded outdoor seating so that bars and restaurants may utilize outdoor areas, including parking lots, to socially distance customers.
  • Allow bars and restaurants with an existing liquor license to open an additional bar in these expanded spaces.
  • Allow for golf courses to operate beverage carts and bar service with social distancing and other appropriate protocols in place.
  • The Commission to provide guidance for anti-COVID-19 protocols (social distancing, cleaning procedures, etc.) to licensees to ensure adherence to the Michigan Economic Recovery Council’s metrics for assessing business risk.

The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will continue to advocate for solutions that honor our rural way of life and businesses.

Register for Michigan’s Judiciary AC (After COVID-19) Webinar

Click here for the recording.

Date and time: Tuesday May 12, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00pm

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Description: Chief Justice McCormack will talk about how courts statewide responded to the pandemic while providing essential functions, safeguarding rights, and protecting public health. She will also highlight lessons learned and how changes implemented during the crisis – such as virtual courtrooms – will help courts be more accessible, transparent, and efficient in the future.


About the speaker: Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack joined the Michigan Supreme Court in January 2013, and became the Chief Justice in January 2019. 

An NYU Law graduate, Chief Justice McCormack started her legal career in New York City.  In 1996 she joined the Yale Law School faculty.  She then joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty, in 1998, where she taught criminal law, legal ethics, and various clinics.  She was named Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in 2002.

Chief Justice McCormack was elected to The American Law Institute in 2013.  The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology appointed her to the National Commission on Forensic Science in 2014.  She serves as an editor on the ABA’s preeminent journal, Litigation.  In 2019, Governor Whitmer appointed her as Co-Chair of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, and in 2020 she was appointed as Board Member of the Kids Kicking Cancer non-profit organization.  Chief Justice McCormack continues to teach at the University of Michigan each year as well as publish in professional journals and law media.

Chief Justice McCormack is married to Steven Croley, a partner at Latham and Watkins.  They have four children.


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