Cleveland—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.
Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2) joined the GLMCC fly-in participants at breakfast on Wednesday. He discussed his role as chairman of the U.S.-Canada Interparliamentary Group, as well as the general atmosphere in Congress since the election. His comments echoed the message from many congressional offices that infrastructure, immigration reform, and trade are priorities, but when and how they will be addressed remains uncertain.
About the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition
The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition is composed of nearly 40 chambers of commerce in the Great Lakes states that support economic development in the Great Lakes region. Click here for the list
of Coalition members. greatlakesmetrochambers.com.
About the Greater Cleveland Partnership
The Greater Cleveland Partnership, one of the nation’s largest metropolitan chambers of commerce, mobilizes private-sector leadership, expertise and resources to create attractive business conditions that create jobs, grow investment and improve the economic prosperity of the region. www.gcpartnership.com