Thursday, November 9, 2023

Chamber of commerce is merged with Livonia

The Westland Chamber of Commerce is now located in Livonia.

The two chambers have merged to create a 1,200 membership, according to President and CEO of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce Dan West who will manage the new group. The new organization is called the Livonia Westland Chamber of Commerce and will be headquartered in Livonia while the Westland offices on Ford Road will be sold.

West, president and CEO of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce since 2006, will hold the same title in the newly aligned organization, which will be governed by a 29-member board of directors with representatives from both communities. The initial four-person chamber staff have a combined for nearly 50 years of industry experience, according to West.

He said a Westland office would open sometime in the future at a different location in the city.

“This is a great opportunity for all our members to expand their network and have access to new programming,” West said. 

“With the business community working together in both cities, we will be able to provide more of a voice to their issues, particularly in the area of workforce and talent development.”

“This will give members in our community more programming, which aligns with the feedback we received during a recent survey of our members,” said Danielle Strachan, board chairperson of the Westland Chamber of Commerce. “Livonia's experienced staff and resources will be connected to the untapped potential of the Westland business community.”

The cities are both served by Livonia Public Schools and several health and social service agencies. By leveraging resources from both cities, the Livonia-Westland Chamber will be able to produce more networking events, advocacy, and programs to support local businesses and organizations, West noted.