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6429 Lrcc Focus Aug 2013 Final

6429 Lrcc Focus Aug 2013 Final

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LRCC/UAW Announce Jont ElectonEndorsementsEconomc Club Jons BWLREO Town CelebratonPresdent’s Message:The Derence s Trust
 
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Tm Daman
President and CEOLansing RegionalChamber of CommerceIt is a real testimon tothe leadership of all involvedin local government, labor andthe private sector that we haverefused to accept failure.”
It was two years ago when the Lansing Regional Chamber o Commerceand several executives in the region joined with Lansing Economic AreaPartnership (LEAP, Inc.) and Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to begin conversations about how this region could redene themanner in which governmental services are delivered. All o us understood thebarriers that had prevented regional collaboration in the past. We were alsokeenly aware o the stakes involved and that those required new approachesthat would result in more cost-eective and ecient government services.Failure to achieve that goal would cost the region in its ability to attractbusiness investment, jobs and the talent needed to compete in the 21st century knowledge economy. As this month’s cover story in FOCUS details, our region is makingconsiderable progress in moving towards a more regional approach inaddressing issues involving how government delivers services to its citizens. Noone would argue that we are anywhere near our ull potential, however the FireServices Initiative involving six local municipalities oers us a glimpse o whatthat potential could look like in a ew years. There are so many obstacles that could derail a complex regional project suchas the Fire Services Initiative. It is a real testimony to the leadership o allinvolved in local government, labor and the private sector that we have reusedto accept ailure. Certainly, the economy and the state o governmental budgetsare orcing some o the discussion along. However, let me oer one othercritical component that I believe has emerged as a driving orce or progress. The dierence is trust. Through the process o having conversations, meetingsand strategizing, participants in the process began to build relationships wherethere were none beore. The relationships grew stronger, allowing partners tohave some o the necessary challenging conversations leading to understandingand, eventually, change. Out o those tough conversations came a growingcommitment to work together and knock down barriers. That led to trust.I am urther encouraged by desire o others to become involved in theconversations around regionalism. The Chamber has been working closely withcounty, township, city and state leaders about a more collaborative approach onregional issues. There is also a growing interest on the part o elected ocialsto participate in roundtable discussions centering on a shared vision orregional growth.It started with some honest, rank conversation and is now growing intostronger relationships and a genuine desire to work together or the good o the region. Now that progress is visible, the momentum to create more positivechange is certain to move orward.
A Message
From The Presdent
Progress n Regonalsm:The Derence s Trust
Accident Fund ......................................17Blue Cross Blue Shield ...........................7Capital Area Women’s LifeStle ...........18C2AE ......................................................5Flagstar Bank ........................................12McLaren ..................................................4Mercantile Bank...................................BCMSUFCU ...............................................14Ross Woodstock ...................................19WKAR ...................................................11
ADvERTiSERS
2013Board o Drectors
Ofcers
BOARD CHAiR
 
Paula Cunningham
Capitol National Bank
PAST CHAiR
Nanc McKeague
Michigan Health and Hospital Association
CHAiR ELECT
Bill Kimble
C2AE
LEGAL COUNSEL
Jeff Hicks
Dart Container Corporation
TREASURER
Jeff Fineis
Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC
PRESiDENT
Tim Daman
Lansing Regional Chamber
Dson Drectors
iNT’L BUSiNESS SERviCES
Jean Schtokal
Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith, P.C.
GOvERNMENT RELATiONS
Kevin McKinne
McKinne & Associates
MARKETiNG & COMMUNiCATiON
Joe Ford
Netvantage Marketing
MEMBERSHiP SERviCES
Deb Muchmore
Marketing Resource Group
At-Large
Focus 
EDiTORS
Ross WoodstockMichelle Rahl
DESiGN & PRiNTiNG
Spartan Printing, Inc.
MAiLiNG
Hot Prospects Direct
COvER PHOTOGRAPHy 
Courtes Shared Fire Services Initiative
iNTERiOR PHOTOGRAPHy 
Fresh Image Design, LLCDave Baker
Farm Bureau Insurance
Melanie Bergeron
Two Men & A Truck
Mark Burnham
Michigan State Universit
Leslie Brogan
Comcast
John Brown
Jackson NationalLife Insurance
Stella Cash
Sparrow Health Sstem
Patrick Dean
Dean Transportation
Andre Hutson
Conquest Fitness and Health
Dave Mulder
Meijer, Inc.
Steve Renolds
Accident Fund Holdings
Patrick Salow
Haes Green Beach Hospital
Jason Sanders
Fifth Third Bank
Tim Salisbur
PNC Bank
HeatherShawa-DeCook
Demmer Corporation
Tom Stewart
Common Wealth Enterprises
Bob Trezise
LEAP, Inc.
Ran Vartoogian
Spartan Internet Consulting
Bill Woodbur
Auto-Owners Insurance
 
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News &
Eents
TUESDAy, AUGUST 13
 
Business education series
, 7:30 a.m. -9:00 a.m., Lansing Regional Chamber o Commerce Insurance Capitol Board Room,500 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48912. Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members. The third program o the Business Education Series (BES) will ocuson Email Marketing, Website Development, SEO and SEM, link building and somuch more! Panelists include Joe Ford, Netvantage Marketing; Sarah Dejong, MLive;and Nicole Arnold, Little Cottage Services. Visit www.lansingchamber.org or moredetails and to complete the registration process. Contact Jennier Wagemann with any questions at (517) 853-6456 or jwagemann@lansingchamber.org. Sponsored by Fith Third Bank and hosted by the University Club.
 WEDNESDAy, AUGUST 14
 
MaxiMizing HealtHcaredollars for sMall eMployers
, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., LansingRegional Chamber o Commerce Insurance Capitol Board Room, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48912. No cost to attend or Lansing RegionalChamber o Commerce members. Our second program on the Aordable Care Act will ocus on ways to maximize healthcare dollars or small employers and will covertopics such as tax credits and penalties, the recently delayed Pay or Play mandate,insurance exchanges and SHOPS, as well as other cost-saving opportunities orsmall business owners. The program will eature presenters Mike James and BethLatchana rom Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, and Don McAnelly romRehmann. Visit www.lansingchamber.org or more details and to complete theregistration process. Contact Jennier Wagemann with any questions at(517) 853-6456 or jwagemann@lansingchamber.org.
 WEDNESDAy, AUGUST 7
 
MeMBer Mixer
, 5 - 7 p.m., RadissonLansing, 111 N. Grand Ave., Lansing, MI 48933. $10 member, $30 non-member.Includes hors d’oeuvres.
TUESDAy, AUGUST 20
2013 lansing open
, 10 a.m. shotgun start atEagle Eye Gol Course, 15500 S. Chandler Rd., Bath. Enjoy the summer weatherand network at our annual gol tournament held at Eagle Eye Gol Course. Pricingis $200/member, $245/non-member or $750 or a oursome. Player Package includesgreens ee & cart, player git, beverage tickets, lunch and dinner. Pre-registration isrequired. To reserve a sponsorship or oursome, please contact Jennier Wagemannat 517-853-6456 or jwagemann@lansingchamber.org. Don’t wait - we will sell out!Big thanks to our current sponsors: Auto-Owners Insurance; Blue Cross Blue Shieldo Michigan; Farm Bureau Insurance Company; Foster Swit Collins & SmithP.C.; Grotenhuis, Inc.; Capital Region International Airport; Integrated Strategies,Inc.; Rehmann; TechSmith Corporation; Adams Outdoor Advertising; C2AE;Fith Third Bank; Independent Bank; Lake Trust Credit Union; Maner Costerisan;MSUFCU; Sparrow Health System.
 WEDNESDAy, SEPTEMBER 4
 
delta governMent relationscoMMittee
, 8 – 9:30 a.m. Lexington Lansing Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Rd.,Lansing, MI 4891.7 The Delta Government Relations Committee is meeting onthe rst Wednesday o September to provide a orum or business leaders to discussimportant issues aecting Delta Township. This month, we are joined by the DeltaSide Business Association in a joint meeting. To ensure adequate seating, pleaseRSVP to receptionist@lansingchamber.org.
THURSDAy, SEPTEMBER 5
 
cHaMBer 360
, 8 – 10:30 a.m., LansingRegional Chamber o Commerce Insurance Capital Board Room, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. 200, Lansing, MI 48912. New, veteran and prospective members areencouraged to attend Chamber 360, sponsored by ASK, to learn about the ull rangeo Chamber benets and how to maximize your investment. Meet our sta and ndout how we are working or you through business growth and advocacy initiatives,exclusive member benet programs, member exposure, networking and educationalevent opportunities. This is a FREE event, but space is limited. To register or thisevent, please visit www.lansingchamber.org.
TUESDAy, SEPTEMBER 10
MeMBer Mixer
, 5 - 7 p.m., LansingLugnuts, 505 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912. Cost is $10 member, $30 non-member. Check out the Toronto Blue Jay Class-A aliate Lansing Lugnuts and enjoy the luxury suites in Cooley Law School Stadium! Includes hors d’oeuvres.
THURSDAy, SEPTEMBER 12
econoMic cluB
, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30p.m., Kellogg Hotel & Conerence Center, East Lansing. Speaker: Jim Delany,Commissioner, Big Ten Conerence. Delany will be joined by Mark Hollis, AthleticDirector, Michigan State University, or a short panel discussion. Program begins atnoon; please arrive early or registration & networking. Single tickets $40, or tables o 8 $300 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is required. To register or this event, please visit www.lansingchamber.org. Sponsored by Foster Swit Collins & Smith P.C.
TUESDAy, SEPTEMBER 24
 
10 over tHe next ten awards
, 6 –8 p.m., University Club, 3435 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910. Jointly presentedby the Lansing Regional Chamber o Commerce and Grand River Connection,these awards recognize the young proessionals who will be tomorrow’s businessand community leaders. The awards will be presented in conjunction withGRC’s Fourth Tuesday networking event. This is a ree event. Please RSVP to Jennier Wagemann, Manager o Events & Programming, at 517-853-6456 or jwagemann@lansingchamber.org. Thank you to our sponsors, University Club andIndependent Bank.
EAST LANSiNG/MERiDiAN GOvERNMENT RELATiONSCOMMiTTEE MEETiNGS HAvE BEEN POSTPONED FOR THEREST OF THE 2013 SEASON. THEy WiLL RESUME iN 2014.
 
THE RETURN OFECONOMiC CLUB!
THURSDAy, SEPTEMBER 12KELLOGG CENTER, BIG TEN ROOMSPEAKERS:
 JiM DELANy 
, BIG TEN COMMISSIONER
MARK HOLLiS
, MSU ATHLETIC DIRECTORTICKETS: $40 INDIVIDUAL$300 TABLE OF EIGHTWWW.LANSINGCHAMBER.ORG
EvENT COST iS COMPLiMENTARy FOR THESEENHANCED MEMBERSHiP LEvELS: 
Bronze Silver Gold Platinum

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