Rep Garcías SmartZone development bill signed into law

first_img Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos 15Jul Rep. García’s SmartZone development bill signed into law Gov. Snyder signs legislation fosteringeconomic opportunity, job growthLANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Daniela García, R-Holland, was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder and will promote economic development in West Michigan and across the state. From left: Rick Baker, President and CEO, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce; Therese Thill, Vice President for Business Development, The Right Place, Inc.; Rep. García; Adam Wright, Legislative Director, Rep. Daniela García; Kara Wood, Executive Director, Grand Rapids Economic Development Corporation; Gov. Snyder; Eric DeLong, Deputy City Manager, City of Grand Rapids; Jennifer Owens, President, Lakeshore Advantage; Robert VandeVusse, Mayor, City of Holland; Allie Bush, Director of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce; Jane Clark, President, West Coast Chamber of Commerce; and David Bertram, Assistant Vice President for State Affairs, Michigan State University.Gov. Rick Snyder today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Daniela García giving interested communities the opportunity to pursue the formation of local satellite SmartZones.“The people of Holland and Ottawa County have been working for months with Grand Rapids officials to expand a successful economic partnership in our West Michigan community,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “This legislation supports entrepreneurship and innovation, encourages investment in communities statewide, and promotes collaboration between numerous community stakeholders.”Rep. García’s efforts in Lansing have not gone unnoticed by local and regional development leaders. The Right Place, Inc. President and CEO Birgit Klohs and Lakeshore Advantage President Jennifer Owens have praised the representative for her diligent work on behalf of the West Michigan community.“We commend Rep. García on her leadership in helping to expand the Grand Rapids SmartZone,” said Klohs of Grand Rapids. “This expansion will lead to deeper regional collaborations within West Michigan.”Owens, of Zeeland, said: “The SmartZone legislation is invaluable to allow for further collaboration and innovation in West Michigan. Rep. García worked tirelessly to move this important bill forward.”At present, Michigan has 15 SmartZone districts and three satellites that are permitted to collect local and state tax dollars to ignite investment, grow business and spur development projects. Rep. García’s House Bill 4226, now Public Act 125 of 2015, increases the maximum allowed satellite partnerships from three to nine, encouraging more communities to apply for SmartZone satellite status.Though satellites can be established without taxpayer investment, the benefits of SmartZone tax captures outweigh the regional cost time and time again.“I could not be happier to have the support of Gov. Snyder on this valuable law, which will allow more Michigan communities like ours to see the very tangible benefits of SmartZones,” Rep. García said. “Job creation and talent attraction and retention for the people of Michigan cannot be overvalued, which is why I’ve worked hard to make this legislation a reality.”last_img

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