GR Chamber Plans Policy Event

January 15, 2008
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of its first-ever West Michigan Regional Policy Conference set for Sept. 18-19, 2008 at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

According to a news release, the event is designed “to engage West Michigan business leaders in the process of developing and strengthening regional pro-business public policy goals and initiatives.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with local and state lawmakers and regional business leaders in formal presentation sessions and during the planned social events. 

“The 2008 West Michigan Regional Policy Conference is designed to elicit input on planning for the sustainable economic success of the West Michigan region,” the release stated.

In addition to the GRACC, the conference will take advantage of the regional collaboration of the West Michigan Chamber Coalition (Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and Grand Haven/Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Chambers).

“This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity for large and small businesses throughout the region to have access to some of the most influential business leaders and to have a voice in the policy issues that affect their bottom lines,” said Jeanne Englehart, president of the GRACC. 

The conference, which highlights the GRACC’s 120th Anniversary celebration in 2008, will be announced as part of the GRACC’s Annual Meeting today.  Event co-chairs are Jeff Connolly, vice president, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and president, West Michigan Operations; Doug DeVos, president of Amway Corp.; Jim Dunlap, CEO of The Huntington National Bank; and Ambassador Peter Secchia. 

The conference will feature a general reception, panel discussions, breakout sessions, a dinner with a special guest, and other social and networking events to promote interaction among the attendees.  A keynote speaker will be announced at a later date. 

More information can be found by going to the web site: conf, or by calling 771-0359.     

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