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TCAPS Win and Other Election Results

Area voters said "yes" Tuesday to renewing the non-homestead tax levy for Traverse City Area Public Schools endorsed by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder also won re-election while Republican candidates had a strong night across Michigan and the U.S. Here are more local and state election results.


CONNECT | Economic Development
Tuesday's Expo/Outlook Breakfast Sold Out!

There's only one exhibit space left for next Tuesday's Chamber Business Expo - which means we're headed for a double sell-out for the Chamber Expo and Economic Outlook Breakfast on Nov.11 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.


Don't miss the Expo from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. which will feature more than 140 exhibitors and upwards of 1,300 attendees. Check out the latest products and services from a wide array of area businesses at the region's largest business showcase.


The Chamber Business Expo is sponsored by:



The sold-out Economic Outlook Breakfast from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the resort includes a panel discussion on the state and regional economy featuring Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan's President & CEO Dan Loepp, along with Mitchell Stapley of Fifth Third Bank.  Watch for a full report on the Outlook Breakfast in next week's Chamber Bulletin.


The Economic Outlook Breakfast is sponsored by:



INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
(L-R) Ella Bole, Henry Aiyenero and Sheila Peek
Welcome New Chamber Ambassador

Welcome to Henry Aiyenero, the recently appointed director of soccer operations for TBAYS Soccer and the newest member of the Chamber Ambassador team.


Ambassadors serve as liaisons with Chamber members to attend events and gather input and feedback to share with the organization. The enthusiastic Ambassador team led by Chair John Roddy is helping our new Membership Sales Representative Sheila Peek and administrative assistant Ella Bole grow our membership base and build the relationship between the Chamber and its member businesses. Learn more about the benefits of Chamber membership.


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Chamber Challenges TIF Proposal

The Chamber this week called on state lawmakers to put the brakes on proposed legislation impacting Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts. The Traverse City Area Chamber Board and Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance opposed H.B. 5856 that could impact Downtown Development Authority (DDA) districts across the region and state. Here's more about this important issue and where it's headed in the 2015 legislative year.


Local Office Sought for Senator-elect Peters

The Grand Traverse region benefits from having both U.S. Senators in Michigan operate a regional field office in Traverse City. With the upcoming retirement of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, the Traverse City Area Chamber is reaching out to Senator-elect Gary Peters to seek the continued operation of a Senate office in Traverse City, which Sen. Levin has done for years.


Gabe Schneider, Sen. Levin's regional representative, has offered to assist Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood in urging Senator-elect Peters to continue this vital link to Northern Michigan. Follow the Chamber Bulletin for updates.


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