Current Priorities


Advocacy & Policy 

The Grand Rapids Chamber acts as fierce advocates for business on issues that enrich a thriving and diverse business climate.

We are proud to be leading action on the issues that matter most to our members. From roads and taxes to childcare, housing, and cutting through government red tape we are advocating for a prosperous West Michigan for all. The Chamber navigates local, regional, and state policy landscapes for West Michigan business.

Our member-driven advocacy is working to improve the West Michigan economy and quality of life. In 2023, our core focus will be:

A Vibrant Business Climate Powering Our Economy

The Grand Rapids area is home to a diverse set of industries. We are focused on the ease of doing business, advocating to minimize burdensome regulations and eliminating barriers to employment while supporting an inclusive workplace for all. 

A Talented Michigan

Our economic success depends on a strong education and talent system – from birth to career – to meet the demands of a future where we are continuing to grow in West Michigan. The Chamber advocates for policies that would boost student outcomes and enhance and grow our talent pool.

A Place to Call Home

Grand Rapids and Kent County are leaders in population and job growth. Our success has created new challenges, including increasing concerns over housing availability and affordability. We are also focused on strong local government leadership, being a welcoming community to ALL and successfully deploying once-in-a-lifetime federal relief dollars effectively. We’re focused on cross-sector solutions to make the Grand Rapids a place anyone can call home. 

Latest News

Several labor laws that were signed by Governor Whitmer throughout the year will be going into effect in 2024.   The repeal of Right To...

Sweeping mandates on paid leave and energy, coupled with the elimination of independent contractor flexibility and an unleashing of 1,800 new regulatory schemes, pose major...

The Chamber has endorsed two important proposals on the November 7 ballot to advance our community: the Kent District Library (KDL) millage and Grand Rapids...