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Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce urges Lansing City Council to reject Bidders Ordinance

Wednesday, November 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Proposal would add unnecessary regulations that would negatively impact economic development and investment in Lansing

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) has called on the Lansing City Council to reject a proposed Bidders Ordinance that would add additional regulations on private sector development projects receiving economic incentives. The proposal, which will be considered by the City Council’s Development and Planning committee on Thursday, would require private sector businesses to engage in a public bidding process.

“The Bidders ordinance is a clear case of unnecessary and burdensome regulations that will only serve to hinder economic development and job creation in Lansing,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer. “The council already has a thorough and transparent process for vetting all projects that must be reviewed in committee and again by the full council. This would simply result in more red tape and costly delays.”

“Adopting this ordinance would put Lansing at a competitive disadvantage at a time when we have been experiencing a great deal of positive economic momentum,” said Daman.

Since 2012:

  • More than $973 million in private investments have been made in Lansing
  •  New projects have created nearly 4,000 new jobs
  • The city’s private sector workforce has increased 35 percent

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