The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council reviews, monitors, and proposes legislation that supports its members' interests. GVMC regularly invites federal and state elected officials to discuss recent or pending legislation. Representatives from the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association often attend meetings to provide legislative counsel and legislative updates. GVMC coordinates its legislative activities with:

  • County Road Association of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Michigan Association of Counties
  • Michigan Environmental Council
  • Michigan Municipal League
  • Michigan Townships Association

Personal Property Tax Reforms Become Law -Scott Smith of Dickinson Wright published an article in the National Law Journal regarding the Personal Property Tax Reform.  Click here to view

Washington Trip - May 10, 2013

A small group of business, government and Chamber of Commerce representatives recently travelled to Washington DC to advocate for West Michigan. The focus of the session was to meet with members of congress, senior staff and agency representatives on several key issues. One of the primary issues discussed was transportation and the need for approval of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill. This federal legislation is critical to the continued improvement of transportation infrastructure in our region. It is key to the continued growth and re-development of Michigan’s economy as well as the economy of West Michigan.

GVMC Holds Street Summit - Monday, April 8, a crowd of over 40 legislators, business representatives, local government officials, and media representatives convened at the Kent County Road Commission for a Street Summit.  The event was a joint endeavor by State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, Grand Valley Metro Council, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Kent County Road Commission, The Rapid, and local officials.  GVMC Executive Director, John Weiss, explained “The Summit’s intent is to bring into focus the deteriorating condition of area roads. In order for West Michigan to prosper, quality roads are imperative.  Rather than advocating for a particular funding method, the message we are sending is Just Fix the Roads.”  House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Chair and former City of Walker Mayor, Rob VerHeulen co-sponsored the event. 

The Summit kicked off at 9:30 a.m. at the Kent County Road Commission with presentations from Steve Warren, of the Kent County Road Commission, and Eric DeLong, Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager.  The conclave then embarked for a two-hour tour of the “Good, Bad, and Hardly Passable” of area roads during which business representatives stressed the importance of road condition for commerce.

The Summit wrapped up at 11:45 back at the road commission for a roundtable discussion and luncheon catered by Johnny Braan of Braan’s Kitchen 67. 

For additional media stores on the event see:


Wood TV 8

Fox 17 News