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Detroit Tour Makes Case for Transformational Brownfields Legislation to Lawmakers

Last week, five state lawmakers joined the Chamber’s government relations team and local leaders to explore transformational economic development sites in the city of Detroit. In addition to discussing potential plans and opportunities with major developers, legislators could see the “before and after” impact on sites such as the former Hudson’s department store, Brush Park, Book Tower and the Chrysler House.

Legislators also witnessed the potential impact of legislation pending in the Michigan House of Representatives related to “transformational brownfield” projects. Senate Bills 111-115 are supported by the Chamber and more than 40 members of the MI Thrive Coalition, and are estimated to unlock more than $5 billion in new investment to transform empty brownfield sites across the state.


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“Discussions related to legislation are often high-level or theoretical, and it’s easy to forget the real impact bills like these can have right at home,” said Jason Puscas, director of government relations for the Chamber. “A building isn’t just a building; it’s people, jobs, small business, quality of life. We appreciated the opportunity to show legislators firsthand why we believe programs like these are important for the city’s continued revitalization.”

Legislators in attendance included Reps. Leslie Love (D-Detroit), Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit), Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights), Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), and staff members for Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor).

For more information on the proposed legislation, contact Jason Puscas at jpuscas@detroitchamber.com.

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