Twenty-five members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) attended the organization’s annual Fly-In and lobby days in Washington, D.C. last week to express their support for infrastructure legislation and present the list of priority Great Lakes infrastructure projects compiled by the coalition.
The group, which included representatives from the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), attended more than 50 meetings with Members of Congress and staff, making the case for the coalition’s highest legislative priorities. View the full list of GLMCC infrastructure priorities here.
“Business groups across the Great Lakes region are speaking with one voice in Washington to tell Congress what issues are most important to the economic vitality of our region, said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.
“Passing a large-scale infrastructure bill and fully funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are top priorities.”
President Trump and his 2016 opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both highlighted infrastructure investment as key policy goals. The GLMCC hopes to work with the Trump administration and the Great Lakes congressional delegation to advance a large-scale infrastructure package in 2017.
The coalition also expressed strong support for The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is facing a possible 97 percent cut, and discussed H-1B high-skilled workers and a strong trade relationship with Canada as important to the economic growth of the Great Lakes region. In addition, GLMCC members emphasized the importance of a comprehensive energy policy to the Great Lakes states.