Midland Business Alliance Joins Large, Multi-State Coalition Supporting Regional Collaboration in Re-Opening

On April 21st, the Midland Business Alliance collaborated with 34 other Chambers of Commerce throughout Michigan, as well as from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin to publish a joint statement supporting the states’ Governors as they work together to open the economy, following the COVID-19 crisis and resulting economic shutdown:

“Businesses throughout the Midwest and Ohio River Valley are anxious to get back to work while maintaining the wellbeing of our workforce and communities.

Successfully combatting COVID-19 will require aggressive, collaborative action among governments, health care professionals, businesses and citizens.  While actions taken in our individual states are central to own recoveries, we all will continue to be impacted by decisions made – and not made – in other locales.  

Recognizing that our economies are interconnected and people and goods regularly cross state boundaries to access jobs, services and supplies, we fully support the efforts of our Governors to work together to establish coordinated recovery plans and protocols that will strengthen our economy and preserve our health and safety. 

As organizations representing businesses in some of the hardest hit and most important economic engines in the nation, we look forward continuing to serve as critical counselors to our leaders in our state capitols and Washington DC.”

In a May 7th meeting Zoom meeting with leaders from around the Great Lakes Bay Region, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist confirmed that the state’s Governors have, indeed, been working together to strategize the opening up of the economy. While this doesn’t necessarily mean concurrent timelines for every phase, it does mean that the lines of communication, especially when considering essential supply chains for industry, are open and working well to coordinate strategic openings.