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A Message From The President

Progress in Regionalism: The Difference is Trust
It was two years ago when the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and several executives in the region joined with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP, Inc.) and Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to begin conversations about how this region could redefine the manner in which governmental services are delivered. All of us understood the barriers that had prevented regional collaboration in the past. We were also keenly aware of the stakes involved and that those required new approaches that would result in more cost-effective and efficient government services. Failure to achieve that goal would cost the region in its ability to attract business 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 making considerable progress in moving towards a more regional approach in addressing issues involving how government delivers services to its citizens. No one would argue that we are anywhere near our full potential, however the Fire Services Initiative involving six local municipalities offers us a glimpse of what that potential could look like in a few years. There are so many obstacles that could derail a complex regional project such as the Fire Services Initiative. It is a real testimony to the leadership of all involved in local government, labor and the private sector that we have refused to accept failure. Certainly, the economy and the state of governmental budgets are forcing some of the discussion along. However, let me offer one other critical component that I believe has emerged as a driving force for progress. The difference is trust. Through the process of having conversations, meetings and strategizing, participants in the process began to build relationships where there were none before. The relationships grew stronger, allowing partners to have some of the necessary challenging conversations leading to understanding and, eventually, change. Out of those tough conversations came a growing commitment to work together and knock down barriers. That led to trust. I am further encouraged by desire of others to become involved in the conversations around regionalism. The Chamber has been working closely with county, township, city and state leaders about a more collaborative approach on regional issues. There is also a growing interest on the part of elected officials to participate in roundtable discussions centering on a shared vision for regional growth. It started with some honest, frank conversation and is now growing into stronger relationships and a genuine desire to work together for the good of the region. Now that progress is visible, the momentum to create more positive change is certain to move forward.

2013 Board of Directors
Paula Cunningham
Capitol National Bank


Nancy McKeague
Michigan Health and Hospital Association

Bill Kimble

Jeff Hicks
Dart Container Corporation

Tim Daman
FOCUS President and CEO Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Fineis
Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC

Tim Daman
Lansing Regional Chamber

Division Directors
Int’l Business Services
Jean Schtokal
Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith, P.C.


It is a real testimony to the leadership of all involved in local government, labor and the private sector that we have refused to accept failure.”

Government Relations
Kevin McKinney
McKinney & Associates

Joe Ford
Netvantage Marketing

Deb Muchmore
Marketing Resource Group

Farm Bureau Insurance

Dave Baker

Accident Fund Holdings Hayes Green Beach Hospital

Steve Reynolds Patrick Salow
Fifth Third Bank PNC Bank

Melanie Bergeron
Two Men & A Truck Michigan State University

Accident Fund.......................................17 Blue Cross Blue Shield............................7 Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle............18 C2AE.......................................................5 Flagstar Bank.........................................12 McLaren...................................................4 Mercantile Bank.................................... BC MSUFCU................................................14 Ross Woodstock....................................19 WKAR....................................................11 

Mark Burnham Leslie Brogan
Comcast Jackson National Life Insurance

Jason Sanders Tim Salisbury Heather Shawa-DeCook
Demmer Corporation Common Wealth Enterprises

John Brown Stella Cash

Sparrow Health System Dean Transportation Conquest Fitness and Health

Tom Stewart Bob Trezise
LEAP, Inc.

Patrick Dean

Andre Hutson Dave Mulder
Meijer, Inc.

Spartan Internet Consulting Auto-Owners Insurance

Ryan Vartoogian Bill Woodbury

Ross Woodstock Michelle Rahl


DESIGN & Printing
Spartan Printing, Inc. Hot Prospects Direct Courtesy Shared Fire Services Initiative


COVER Photography

INTERIOR Photography
Fresh Image Design, LLC

News & Events

Thursday, September 12 Kellogg Center, Big Ten Room Speakers: Jim Delany, Big Ten Commissioner Mark Hollis, MSU Athletic Director Tickets: $40 individual $300 Table of Eight
Tuesday, August 13 Business Education Series, 7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m., Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Insurance Capitol Board Room, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48912. Cost: $10/members, $15/ non-members. The third program of the Business Education Series (BES) will focus on Email Marketing, Website Development, SEO and SEM, link building and so much more! Panelists include Joe Ford, Netvantage Marketing; Sarah Dejong, MLive; and Nicole Arnold, Little Cottage Services. Visit for more details and to complete the registration process. Contact Jennifer Wagemann with any questions at (517) 853-6456 or Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and hosted by the University Club. Wednesday, August 14 Maximizing Healthcare Dollars for Small Employers, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Lansing
Regional Chamber of Commerce Insurance Capitol Board Room, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48912. No cost to attend for Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce members. Our second program on the Affordable Care Act will focus on ways to maximize healthcare dollars for small employers and will cover topics such as tax credits and penalties, the recently delayed Pay or Play mandate, insurance exchanges and SHOPS, as well as other cost-saving opportunities for small business owners. The program will feature presenters Mike James and Beth Latchana from Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, and Don McAnelly from Rehmann. Visit for more details and to complete the registration process. Contact Jennifer Wagemann with any questions at (517) 853-6456 or

The Return of Economic Club!

important issues affecting Delta Township. This month, we are joined by the Delta Side Business Association in a joint meeting. To ensure adequate seating, please RSVP to

Thursday, September 5 Chamber 360, 8 – 10:30 a.m., Lansing
Regional Chamber of Commerce Insurance Capital Board Room, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. 200, Lansing, MI 48912. New, veteran and prospective members are encouraged to attend Chamber 360, sponsored by ASK, to learn about the full range of Chamber benefits and how to maximize your investment. Meet our staff and find out how we are working for you through business growth and advocacy initiatives, exclusive member benefit programs, member exposure, networking and educational event opportunities. This is a FREE event, but space is limited. To register for this event, please visit

Tuesday, September 10 Member Mixer, 5 - 7 p.m., Lansing Lugnuts, 505 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912. Cost is $10 member, $30 nonmember. Check out the Toronto Blue Jay Class-A affiliate 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. – 1:30
p.m., Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing. Speaker: Jim Delany, Commissioner, Big Ten Conference. Delany will be joined by Mark Hollis, Athletic Director, Michigan State University, for a short panel discussion. Program begins at noon; please arrive early for registration & networking. Single tickets $40, or tables of 8 $300 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is required. To register for this event, please visit Sponsored by Foster Swift 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 presented by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Grand River Connection, these awards recognize the young professionals who will be tomorrow’s business and community leaders. The awards will be presented in conjunction with GRC’s Fourth Tuesday networking event. This is a free event. Please RSVP to Jennifer Wagemann, Manager of Events & Programming, at 517-853-6456 or Thank you to our sponsors, University Club and Independent Bank.

Wednesday, August 7 Member Mixer, 5 - 7 p.m., Radisson
Lansing, 111 N. Grand Ave., Lansing, MI 48933. $10 member, $30 non-member. Includes hors d’oeuvres.

East Lansing/Meridian Government Relations Committee Meetings have been postponed for the rest of the 2013 season. They will resume in 2014.
Event cost is complimentary for these enhanced membership levels:

Tuesday, August 20 2013 Lansing Open, 10 a.m. shotgun start at
Eagle Eye Golf Course, 15500 S. Chandler Rd., Bath. Enjoy the summer weather and network at our annual golf tournament held at Eagle Eye Golf Course. Pricing is $200/member, $245/non-member or $750 for a foursome. Player Package includes greens fee & cart, player gift, beverage tickets, lunch and dinner. Pre-registration is required. To reserve a sponsorship or foursome, please contact Jennifer Wagemann at 517-853-6456 or Don’t wait - we will sell out! Big thanks to our current sponsors: Auto-Owners Insurance; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Farm Bureau Insurance Company; Foster Swift Collins & Smith P.C.; Grotenhuis, Inc.; Capital Region International Airport; Integrated Strategies, Inc.; Rehmann; TechSmith Corporation; Adams Outdoor Advertising; C2AE; Fifth Third Bank; Independent Bank; Lake Trust Credit Union; Maner Costerisan; MSUFCU; Sparrow Health System.





Wednesday, September 4 Delta Government Relations Committee, 8 – 9:30 a.m. Lexington Lansing Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Rd.,
Lansing, MI 4891.7 The Delta Government Relations Committee is meeting on the first Wednesday of September to provide a forum for business leaders to discuss




Welcome New Members
Day Family Dental
517-393-8500 2500 E. Jolly Rd. Lansing, MI 48910

Phantom Fireworks
517-321-2502 6141 W. Saginaw Hwy. Lansing, MI 48917

Domino’s Pizza
517-749-1799 7600 N Scott Rd St Johns, MI 48879

Premier Payment Solutions
517-507-9700 6540 Millennium Dr., Suite 140 Lansing, MI 48917

Elements Studio
517-599-7152 1450 E. Pond Dr. #31 Okemos, MI 48864

Shannon L.W. Schlegel, PLLC
517-668-6689 12775 Escanaba Drive, Ste. 4 DeWitt, MI 48820

Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing FOCUS
517-323-3254 2937 Atrium Drive, Ste. 201 Okemos, MI 48864

517-999-9060 106 E. Grand River Ave. Lansing, MI 48906

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Greater orthopedic care for Greater Lansing
Throughout the years, McLaren Orthopedic Hospital has been a pacesetter when it comes to providing the region’s best orthopedic care, including experienced specialists and state-of-the-art procedures. Besides offering Greater Lansing the nation’s first arthroscopic surgery center, we’re ranked No. 1 in the state and among the top 10 percent in the nation for joint replacement by CareChex, a division of Comparion. As Michigan’s largest dedicated orthopedic hospital, we’re more than an orthopedic unit—we’re an entire hospital devoted to orthopedic care, as well as a center for national orthopedic research in partnership with Michigan State University. For orthopedic care, we’re not just great— we’re greater. For a physician referral, visit

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517-200-8437 6501 S. Loomis Rd Dewitt, MI 48820

Studio C! 517-381-8100 1999 Central Park Dr. Okemos, MI 48864 Valu Land
517-484-3758 1609 West Mount Hope Lansing, MI 48917

Klug Law Firm
517-349-5584 4125 Okemos Rd., Ste. 24 Okemos, MI 48864

Liberty Mutual Insurance
517-347-6722 3552 Meridian Crossings, Ste. 560 Okemos, MI 48864 kevindamesworth

WatchFire Signs
517-285-8512 11889 Valdo Dr. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

Wolverine Bank
989-631-4280 5710 Eastman Avenue Midland, MI 48640

Liberty Title
517-290-8355 2501 Coolidge East Lansing, MI 48823

Please remember to use the member login portion of the Chamber website to keep your contact information up-to-date. This will ensure that you receive all Chamber communications in a timely manner. Contact us at 517.487.6340 if you have any questions or are not receiving our communications.

2727 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 | (517) 975-6000


Thank You Renewing Members
Alro Steel Corporation American Board of Emergency Medicine American Express Corporate Services Arnouts Insurance Agency, Inc. Boynton Fire and Safety Services C.L. Moore Associates Career Quest Learning Centers Central Michigan University Clark-Hill, P.L.C. Cornerstone University, Professional & Graduate Studies, Lansing Campus Cumulus Media Darling Builder’s Supply Co. DeLuca’s Restaurant Denny’s Restaurant ( JDJ Hospitality, LLC) Duby Law Firm Eastwood Towne Center Eric’s Refuse, LLC Erickson Learning Center Fairview Realty Co. Flagstar Bank Flintoff & Klein CPAs Food Express Market Frook Plumbing Great Lakes Comnet, Inc. Hawk Hollow Golf Club & Banquet Facility Hot Prospects Direct, Inc. Insty-Prints Downtown J&L Restoration & Cleaning Jackson National Life Child Development Center KTM Industries, Inc. Lake Trust Credit Union Lansing Christian School LAP Respite Center Lebuda-Totte-Bray Agency Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency March of Dimes Medler Electric Company Meijer Inc. Michigan Public Power Agency Miracle Recreation of Michigan MLive Media Group Muchmore, Harrington, Smalley & Associates Mulder Company Nip-N-Sip Catering, Inc. Nuthouse Sports Grill Open Door Ministry of Downtown Lansing Pratt & Whitney AutoAir, Inc. Principal Financial Group Sam Eyde Management Company, L.L.C. Security Alarm Co., Inc. Sleep Inn Techmark, Inc. The Assured Limited Partnership Union Home Mortgage Verizon Wireless XIAO China Grille & Lounge Verizon Wireless

Chamber Milestones
We’d like to offer a special salute to these great organizations that reached milestone anniversaries as Chamber members this month. Thank you for your continued support through the years!

Mulder Company
35 years

DeLuca’s Restaurant
25 years

Great Lakes Comnet, Inc.
15 years

Lake Trust Credit Union
30 years

J&L Restoration
15 years

Pratt & Whitney AutoAir, Inc.
5 years


Sometimes, the work we do can only be seen on our faces.

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Government Relations

Business and Labor Forge Unprecedented Partnership to Move Lansing Forward
Signaling their strong desire to work collaboratively to help move the City of Lansing forward, UAW Region 1-C and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) jointly announced their support for candidates in the Lansing Mayoral and Lansing City Council elections on the August 6 primary election ballot. Endorsed candidates by the two organizations are: Virg Bernero, Mayor, City of Lansing Kathie Dunbar, City Council, At-Large Councilmember Judi Brown Clarke, City Council, At-Large Councilmember Candidate Tina Houghton, Second Ward, Councilmember Jessica Yorko, Fourth Ward, Councilmember “This is a special occasion that labor and business can come together to support candidates who want what is right for the City of Lansing” said Norwood H. Jewell, Director, UAW Region 1-C. “The UAW is proud of our long, rich history with the City of Lansing and we look forward to working together for more jobs and economic investment.” “Today’s joint announcement by the UAW and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce reflects the level of collaboration that is badly needed if the City of Lansing is to overcome its challenges and reach greatness,” said LRCC President & CEO, Tim Daman. “We believe this group of candidates has the potential to foster an exciting new era where the Mayor and City Council are working cooperatively to move the city forward.”



Growing Lansing Together l-r: Norwood Jewell (UAW), Jessica Yorko (Lansing City Council, 4th Ward), Kathie Dunbar (Lansing City Council, At-Large), Virg Bernero (Lansing Mayor), Judi Brown Clarke (Lansing City Council, At-Large candidate), Tina Houghton (Lansing City Council, 2nd Ward) and Tim Daman (LRCC).
the environment, and help strengthen bonds between the different communities in our region.

Virg Bernero, Mayor of the City of Lansing, is seeking reelection to his
third term in office. Under Mayor Bernero’s leadership, Lansing has leveraged more than $1 billion dollars in new investments that have retained and created more than 10,000 jobs, including major expansions by General Motors, Accident Fund, Jackson National Life and Emergent Biosolutions. Despite serious revenue losses and rising costs, Bernero has made the tough decisions necessary to balance eight straight budgets, erasing more than $60 million in city budget deficits. Some of Mayor Bernero’s current key initiatives include implementing the recommendations of the Financial Health Team, regional cooperation toward a metro fire department, redevelopment of the Red Cedar Golf Course and implementation of the city’s new Financial Empowerment Center.

Jessica Yorko has served on the Lansing City Council since 2010. Yorko
is Ingham County’s Environmental Justice Coordinator, where she helps residents create and obtain healthy housing, clean outdoor air, and fresh food. Previously, Yorko was manger of Lansing’s Westside Commercial Association, president of Sustainable Solutions, and marketing and partnership coordinator for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Yorko’s three-tier platform stresses the need for good job creation, an initiative to treat all people with respect by including them in Lansing’s rebirth, as well as an obligation to protect the environment.

Judi Brown Clarke currently works at Michigan State University’s
BEACON Center, where she promotes broader inclusion of underrepresented students and faculty in science, technology, engineering and math careers. Clarke is a first-time candidate with a long distinguished record of public service including current membership on the Lansing Promise Authority Board, Girls to Women Conference Advisory Board, Mildred B. Erickson Fellowship Board of Directors, Children’s Central, Michigan After-School Partnership, and President of the United States Olympian and Paralympian Association, Michigan Chapter. Judi won the silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles in the 1984 Olympic Games. If elected, Clarke intends to focus on maintaining adequate delivery of basic city services with limited resources, working with key stakeholders to ensure safe communities, partnering with the educational community to meet demands for a progressive workforce, and promoting collaboration to move Greater Lansing forward.

Kathie Dunbar is a current At-Large Councilmember for the city where
she was first elected in 2005. Dunbar serves the Lansing community as executive director of the South Lansing Community Development Association and as race director for the Hawk Island Triathlon. In 2010, Dunbar was named South Lansing Business Association’s Community Service Person of the Year. Dunbar helped residents and business owners create a strategic plan for revitalizing REO Town, including design ideas for the new South Washington streetscape. Among other accomplishments, Dunbar led the effort to install rain gardens along Michigan Avenue to reduce harmful contamination of the Grand River.

Tina Houghton currently works for University Outreach and Engagement, the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement at Michigan State University. Houghton is active in a number of community services and organizations as a PTA board member, co-founder of Lansing Stars Athletic Club, Southside Community Center Citizen Action team member, former Lansing Parks board member, and co-chair of Able to Play Playground Community Build Project. Houghton’s top three priorities for the city are to create good paying jobs, preserve

Membership Services

The Lansing Open is Fast Approaching
Time is running out to register for this fun-filled summer golf outing. This premier golf tournament will take place at one of the most picturesque golf courses in Michigan with details as follows: Dinner Package (Exclusive) $2500 SOLD One Foursome * Prominent signage at dinner, with Sponsor Remarks at the start of dinner * Company logo displayed on dinner tables * Marketing/display table in dining room * Four dinner tickets * Signage on sponsorship board * Recognition in all marketing materials Hole-in-One Package (Exclusive) $2000 Two comped golfers for event * Signage on Hole 5 * Four dinner tickets * Signage on sponsorship board * Recognition in all marketing materials Super Ticket Package (Exclusive) $1000 One comped golfer for event * Company name/ logo on Super Ticket * Provide gift for drawing * Signage on designated hole * Recognition at dinner * List of participants * Signage on sponsorship board * Recognition in all marketing materials Entrepreneur Package (Unlimited) $200 $100 discount on Foursome * Tee sign at requested hole * Signage on sponsorship board * Recognition in all marketing materials General registration pricing is $200 per non-sponsorship member, $245 per non-member, or $750 for a foursome. The player package includes greens fee and cart, beverage tickets, lunch, dinner and a gift for every player. Available spots in the Lansing Open are quickly filling up. To reserve a sponsorship or a foursome, please contact Jennifer Wagemann at (517) 853-6456 or jwagemann@ or visit

Lansing Open Golf Outing
Tuesday, August 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m., Shotgun Start Eagle Eye Golf Course The Lansing Open is a phenomenal opportunity to market your brand with other Mid-Michigan professionals. Foursomes and sponsorships remain available for purchase. Available sponsor packages are as follows: Premier Package (Unlimited) $2500 One Foursome * Two “premier” tee signs on requested holes * One skirted 8-foot table with two chairs (on same hole as tee sign) * Two lunch tickets for volunteers and eight dinner tickets * Opportunity to place materials in golfer registration packets * Signage on sponsorship board * Recognition in all marketing materials Mulligan Package (Exclusive) $2500 SOLD One Foursome * Corporate logo on mulligan balloons (company provides balloons) * Four dinner tickets * Signage on sponsorship board * Recognition in all marketing materials Beverage Cart Package (Exclusive) $2500 SOLD One Foursome * Signage on all beverage carts * Company name/logo listed on beverage ticket * Four dinner tickets * Signage on sponsorship board * Recognition in all marketing materials

Million Dollar Shot Package (Exclusive) $2000
Two comped golfers for event * Signage on Hole 18 * Four dinner tickets * Signage on sponsorship board * Recognition in all marketing materials Player Cart Package (Exclusive) $1500 SOLD Two comped golfers for event * Signage on all golf carts * Four dinner tickets * Signage on sponsorship board * Recognition in all marketing materials Lunch Package (Exclusive) $1500 SOLD Two comped golfers for event * Note card with company logo placed in all boxed lunches * Four dinner tickets * Signage on sponsor ship board * Recognition in all marketing materials Showcase Package (Limited) $1000 One comped golfer for event * Signage on designated hole with one skirted 8-foot table with two chairs *Two lunch tickets and two dinner tickets * List of participants * Recognition in all marketing materials

Adams Outdoor Advertising; Art Craft Display, Inc.; Auto-Owners Insurance; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; C2AE; Capital Region International Airport; Capitol Cadillac; Farm Bureau Insurance Company; Fifth Third Bank; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith P.C.; Grotenhuis, Inc.; Independent Bank; Integrated Strategies, Inc.; Lake Trust Credit Union; Maner Costerisan, CPA, PC; MSUFCU; Rehmann; Sparrow Health System; TechSmith Corporation; and The Huntington National Bank.

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Membership Services

Chamber Mixers: Fun, Food & Great Connections
If you enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, fun, good food and drink, plus the opportunity to make some valuable business connections, we have the perfect outlet for you. The monthly Member Mixers hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce offer you an opportunity to unwind after work and enjoy a variety of venues which showcase the great businesses in our region. If you haven’t attended a Chamber mixer in some time, be assured, these aren’t your father’s mixers. There is something different every month, including a crowd of Chamber members from diverse backgrounds and businesses. Mark your calendars now for Chamber mixers scheduled for the rest of 2013: August 7 September 10 October 8 November 12 December 12 Radisson Hotel Lansing Lugnuts AL!IVE in Charlotte Fantastic Finds Holiday Mixer hosted by the Gillespie Group at the Marshall Street Armory

Check for up-tothe-minute details on our Member Mixers and all Chamber events. We’ll see you at the next Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Member Mixer!

Spare Time Entertainment Center at 3101 E. Grand River, Lansing hosted the Lansing Regional Chamber’s July Member Mixer.


Play or Pay Mandate of Affordable Care Act Delayed Till 2015
Extra Year Gives Businesses Time to Prepare & More Options on the Table
On July 2, 2013, the Obama Administration delayed the implementation of three important Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requirements affecting employers: originally applied to the 2014 calendar year, with reporting required in January 2015, but it too is now delayed to the 2015 calendar year, with reporting required in January 2016.


“Play or Pay” Employer Mandate Under the “Play or Pay” employer mandate of the ACA, large employers must offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to their FTE (full-time equivalent) employees and their children or risk paying a penalty. This requirement had been effective January 1, 2014, but the delay states that no penalty will be imposed for any months prior to January 2015.
The postponement came after business owners expressed concerns about the complexity of the law’s reporting requirements, the Treasury Department said in its announcement. Under the Affordable Care Act, businesses employing 50 or more full-time workers could be penalized as much as $2,000 per employee if they don’t offer them affordable health insurance.

Notifications of Health Coverage Under the ACA, health insurers and group health plans must notify the IRS of who is covered under health coverage during each month of the year. Coverage information statements must also be provided to the affected individuals detailing the information reported to the IRS about the individual. This requirement originally applied to the 2014 calendar year, with reporting required in January 2015, but it is now delayed to the 2015 calendar year, with reporting required in January 2016. Notifications Regarding Full-Time Employees and Offer of Coverage Under the ACA, large employers must notify
the IRS of who their full-time employees are for each month of the year and whether they were offered affordable, minimum value coverage. Large employers are also required to provide statements to their full-time employees detailing the information reported to the IRS about the employee. This requirement also

What’s Next… The notice indicated that the Pay or Play delay does not impact any other part of the Affordable Care Act, such as the individual mandate (i.e., the requirement that each person purchase health insurance coverage by January 1, 2014), the insurance exchange initiatives, or the premium tax credits available to help individuals purchase insurance. Other responsibilities NOT impacted by the recent delay are: • Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) distribution required during open enrollment and initial eligibility; • Distribution of Notice of Exchange to all employees by October 1, 2013; • W-2 reporting of healthcare costs for employers issuing 250 or more W-2s or more in the prior year; • Timely distribution of carrier-provided Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rebates to plan participants.
In the meantime, employers should continue to comply with those requirements already in effect and prepare to comply with other healthcare reform-related requirements that are set to take effect in 2014 and future years. Employers also should consider how the delay impacts any planned communications to employees about healthcare reform generally. Furthermore, while a one-year delay is welcome news to most employers, it does not mean they should cease efforts to prepare for the Play or Pay Mandate. Businesses need to continue to develop and implement strategies related to healthcare reform and may even have more options to consider that were previously unavailable. Bottom line – this extra year is a gift. Let’s not waste it.

Membership Services

Red Cross Issues Tips to Stay Safe this Summer as Temperatures Rise
Summer is here, bringing with it dangerous excessive heat. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to stay safe as the temperatures soar. • Never leave children or pets in the car! The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. • Avoid extreme temperature changes. • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. • Postpone outdoor games and activities. • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors. • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat. • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat and provide them plenty of cool water. • If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).

Heat stroke is Life-Threatening
Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 911 immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice. For more information on what to do when temperatures rise, people can visit, download the red cross heat wave safety checklist, or download the free red cross first aid app.

Heat Exhaustion
Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.

Paramount Coffee Trains Interns to Lead Expansion
Homegrown talent is playing a role in Lansing-based Paramount Coffee Roasters’ expansion into new geographic markets – a successful example of the type of well-developed internship program that helps retain local college graduates, as Lansing Regional Chamber President Tim Daman encouraged in a recent news article. Michigan State University interns get intense training as sales executives at the 78-year-old coffee roasting and wholesaling company that is extending its reach well beyond Michigan. Paramount President Steve Morris says the six-year-old internship program has bolstered the company’s sales force into new territory in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast. “It’s been a great program for Paramount,” he says. “We learn from them, and they learn from us.” Students begin the paid internships in their junior year knowing that the potential for permanent employment exists. In the meantime, they get a true sense of what the job entails. They travel, staff booths at trade shows and make presentations to potential customers. “I got frontline, real-world experience,” says Chris King, a 2013 MSU communications grad. “I was working alongside the president and vice president and I was interacting with national companies.” His professors readily excused him from class so he could accompany Paramount executives on sales calls to national retailers. “They’d say that’s too good of an opportunity to miss,” King recalls. King now oversees the company’s campaign to market its Joe Coffee program to convenience stores throughout the Southeast from a new office in Charlotte, N.C. Other former MSU interns who have joined Paramount’s sales ranks are Zach Olsen, who manages the Chicago office, and Lindsay Penberthy, who handles national retail sales.




Regionalism Moves Forward


Municipalities involved in the Shared Fire Services initiative already have agreements to allow for a regional response to hazardous materials situations, special technical rescue, joint training and purchasing and mutual aid agreements. Creation of a Joint Arson Task Force will be announced in the next few weeks.


or many years, the mention of the word regionalism in the Greater Lansing region would be met with resistance, blank stares and indifference. The notion of redefining the delivery of government services in a more cost-effective and efficient way always was viewed as a noble goal that, in reality, was unattainable due to barriers involving political boundary lines, differences between city and suburbs and the complexities of labor/management relations. The ability of the community to rally as a united region only emerged during a rare crisis, most notably the effort to keep General Motors in this region in the 1990s. Several new dynamics have emerged in recent years that have caused a new era of collaboration that offers a model for regional breakthroughs that up until now have not been possible. The combination of a challenged economy, leadership from the private sector and new faces in key positions throughout the region is starting to deliver measurable progress. The most significant development in regional collaboration has been the Shared Fire Services Initiative involving six local municipalities - the cities of Lansing and East Lansing and the townships of Meridian, Delta, Delhi and Lansing. The group, which is working towards implementation of an automatic mutual aid agreement, recently announced three new shared service agreements to enhance delivery of fire services to the region. “These service agreements represent a spirit of collaboration that is moving us in a positive direction and continuing to improve the efficiency and quality of fire services in the Greater Lansing region,” said Randy Talifarro, fire chief, Lansing and East Lansing. “We are moving forward in a way that would not have been possible as cities and townships acting alone.” Various fire chiefs from around the region have been working together for more than a

decade, however the impetus for the Shared Fire Services Initiative occurred two years ago when the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and local business leaders joined with LEAP, Inc. and Michigan State University to determine how the region compares to others around the country when it comes to the cost, efficiency and quality of local government. “Everything is more connected today than it was 20 years ago,” said Mark Burnham, vice president for governmental affairs at Michigan State University. “What happens in East Lansing affects Delta Township, Lansing and the entire community. We have to adjust our thinking to be more regionally focused.”

The most significant development in regional collaboration has been the Shared Fire Services Initiative involving six local municipalities the cities of Lansing and East Lansing and the townships of Meridian, Delta, Delhi and Lansing.”
The group recognized it needed a benchmark as a starting point. MSU Extension specialist, Eric Scorsone, conducted a comprehensive study that compared government costs in the Lansing region to 22 other communities around the country. Among the findings: the region is a relatively high spender when it comes to public safety. “Public safety is clearly an area that needs to be looked at,” said Scorsone. LRCC, LEAP and the six municipalities, in conjunction with the Michigan Municipal League, funded a grant to study the best path forward for delivering the

Representatives from six municipalities, including fire chiefs and elected and appointed officials comprise the Fire Services Initiative, which is working towards more effective and efficient delivery of fire services in the region. Municipalities involved are the cities of Lansing and East Lansing as well as the townships of Lansing, Delta, Delhi and Meridian.
there is a clear vision and reason to believe that regional collaboration can and will work. The possibilities are endless. “There are a whole range of things where we can consider efficiencies from parks and recreation to police and more,” said Delta Township Supervisor Ken Fletcher. “In all areas of operation we need to look at what we can do better and what can be done on a regional basis.” “We have to keep pushing forward despite our differences and challenges,” said Talifarro. “We need to focus on our common ground and opportunities.” It is also clear that strong leadership from the private sector is critical to keep the progress of regionalism moving forward. “The business community needs to lead the charge to help identify areas where we can collaborate as a region,” said Burnham

The Shared Fire Services group comprised of fire chiefs, local government officials, labor leaders and private sector representatives has made impressive progress. To outside observers, the pace of the progress may seem slow, however all participants agree that a deliberate pace is required because of the complexities of the issues involved. For example, while the down economy was a driver that has made regional collaboration essential, Talifarro notes it causes uneasiness among many, particularly public safety employees who worry about their jobs. “People are fearful of change,” said Talifarro. “The challenge to cooperate and collaborate is much greater in times of economic stress, and we have to help them overcome that fear.” It has also been challenging trying to develop a unified policy approach to delivering fire services due to the fact that each municipality has their own successful system that has worked well for a long time. “When you dive into the details, the complexity associated with differing operations is significant,” said Mark Hooper, partner with the CPA firm Andrews Hooper Pavlik PC, who has been working closely with the Fire Services Initiative. “You first have to develop a common language and understanding.” The forward progress of the Shared Fire Services Initiative will continue in the next few weeks with the expected announcements of the formation of a Joint Arson Task Force and implementation of something called the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, which will improve response times, allow for more efficient use and deployment of resources, and reduce duplication of services. The private/public sector model that has been used so effectively in the Shared Fire Services Initiative clearly has the potential to drive other regional projects forward. Of immediate concern is the implementation of recommendations made by Mayor Virg Bernero’s Financial Health Team, which offers a blueprint for restoring the financial viability of the City of Lansing. “If we don’t manage these issues deliberately, they will have a significant impact not only on the municipalities, but on companies’ ability to attract and retain talent and build markets,” said Burnham. The pace of change may seem slow, however for the first time in the region’s history,


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most cost-effective fire services in the region. The Plante Moran report concluded that that “ultimately full consolidation should be considered, however, the report supported a multi-phased approach to increase regional cooperation of the fire departments, which would include: increased collaboration to improve service levels and decrease costs to each community (Phases 1 and 2), and eventually weighing the merits of combining departments into a single, larger department (phases 3 and 4).

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Davenport University Installs “Beacon” Atop New Lansing Campus
Boji Group recently installed a new “beacon” atop Davenport University’s (DU) new Lansing Campus at the corner of Allegan and Grand Ave. The “beacon” displays the DU logo atop the new nine-story campus . The remodeled nine-story, 50,000-square-foot structure is designed to eventually support an increased enrollment of up to 2,000 full- and part-time students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees through Davenport’s colleges of business, technology and health professions. The completed project will feature a library, public meeting rooms, faculty offices, high-tech classrooms, and state-of-the-art nursing, technology and science labs. Classrooms will feature writable walls, media walls and no fixed front for enhanced learning, while dividing wall systems will be utilized to offer flexibility when configuring classroom spaces. Construction is currently on-schedule with staff and faculty beginning classes this fall.

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New Website Lets You Explore Work of Spartans Throughout Michigan
Every day, Michigan State University (MSU) works to advance prosperity for the people of Michigan—making a positive impact on the state’s economy in the areas of technology, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, education, energy, environment, and the arts. MSU’s talent and expertise help position Michigan as an uncompromising competitor in a global market, and the university makes vital contributions to the state’s economy. In fiscal year 2012, MSU attracted more than $500 million in external funding. The University Research Corridor—comprising Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University—has a combined $15 billion annual economic impact in Michigan. Michigan State—particularly through AgBioResearch and Extension—plays a key role in the state’s annual $91.4 billion food and agriculture system through partnerships, research, and educational programs in all 83 counties. MSU has launched a new website designed to explore the great work Spartans are doing throughout Michigan and specific regions of the state. Visit and click on the interactive map for detailed information about the impact of MSU and its graduates including: • • • • Students from around the region Financial aid disbursed Staff/faculty residing in region Alumni residing in region • • Dollars spent with local businesses Total economic impact

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Economic Club Joins Celebration and Dedication of BWL REO Town Cogeneration Plant and Headquarters
Members of Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club were invited to join in the historic dedication of the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s (LBWL) REO Town Cogeneration Plant and Headquarters. To join in the festivities, the Economic Club took a summer break from its usual venue and format and held a special celebration at the Cogeneration Plant on July 1st. Over 225 business leaders attended the program, which included networking opportunities, remarks by J. Peter Lark, the general manager of LBWL, and guided walking tours of the REO Town Cogeneration Plant, the new BWL Headquarters Building, and the restored Grand Trunk Western Railroad Depot.

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The new cogeneration plant is BWL’s first natural gas-fired steam and electric generation facility. The state-of-the-art plant gives BWL a more diversified fuel supply, a major win for the environment with lower greenhouse gas and other emissions, and a strong foundation upon which to boost economic development for Lansing’s REO Town neighborhood.

ABOVE: Just after “throwing the switch” to officially dedicate the BWL Cogeneration Plant (from L to R): Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero; Cong. Mike Rogers; BWL Board Chair Sandra Zerkle; U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow; and BWL General Manager J. Peter Lark. LEFT: Attendees at the event were able to take self-guided tours through the BWL Cogeneration Plant and Headquarters in REO Town.

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East Lansing Branch and Denya Shimnoski to manager at the Sparrow Branch. Frederick Baker, Jr. has announced his retirement from the Supreme Court Commissioners’ office and his reentry into private practice with Willingham & Coté, P.C. Lori Bosch Frederick Baker ASAE has announced that Becky Brimley, executive director of the MidMichigan Mechanical Contractors Association has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential. Becky Brimley Attorney David J. Williams has joined the Gallagher Law Firm with offices in Lansing, Detroit, Mount Pleasant, and Grand Rapids. Mr. Williams will focus his practice on business, banking, and real estate. David J. WIlliams Kathy Campbell, MSA, MPA, RN, has joined McLaren Greater Lansing as chief nursing officer. Huron County was re-elected. Congratulations to Lori Bosch on her recent promotion to managing director of the Lansing branch of Ele’s Place.

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MSU Federal Credit Union has announced the promotions of DeAnne M. Ramos and Kelly Showerman to the newly-created positions of assistant vice president of branch operations. Foster Swift Collins and Smith PC is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney John Mashni to its Lansing office.

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Travis Wedley The Guitar Center of Lansing has announced the following promotions: Regen Bick to used gear & acoustic guitar department manager; Travis Wedley to pro audio & drum department manager; and Kenny Shewchuk to assistant store manager.

John Mashni Public Policy Associates, Inc. is proud to announce that Nathalie Winans has been promoted from research associate to research associate II.

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Nathalie Winans ICS Marketing Services has formally launched AutoNet, the automotive industry’s most comprehensive source of marketing data for email marketing, direct mail and multi-channel marketing, according to Kevin Harlow, senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Kathy Campbell Lucretia Mansfield, banquet operations manager for the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, has been awarded the 2012 Food and Beverage Star of the Year by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association at the 2013 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Members of GreenStone Farm Credit Services have elected four individuals to the cooperative’s board of directors, including two new board members. Each member is elected to serve a three-year term. Additionally, a new director has been appointed in the cooperative’s territory in northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are: Ronald Lucas from Alpena County, Thomas Durand from Sanilac County, Matthew Berge from Manitowoc County and board chairman Scott Roggenbuck from

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MSU Federal Credit Union has announced the promotions of Amy N. Coe to manager at the Meridian branch and Casie Medina to manager of the Farm Lane branch. MSU Federal Credit Union announced the appointment of Bill Beekman to the MSUFCU Board of Directors. Beekman, of East Lansing, currently serves Michigan State University as the vice president and secretary of the Board of Trustees.

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Amelia Marschall-Miller and Jeff McWherter, founders of Lansing-based Gravity Works Design & Development, have been named 2013 “Entrepreneurs of Distinction” by Corp! Magazine. This award honors business leaders driving Michigan growth and innovation. women who want to enhance their education to enter or re-enter the workforce. Ryan Patterson, an experienced fitness and weight-loss training coach, has joined the Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club as a personal trainer. Byron P. Gallagher, Jr. of the Gallagher Law Firm, with offices in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids, has been admitted as a member of The National Association of Legal Fee Analysis.
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Publicom, Inc., an integrated marketing communications firm, has hired Jan Jenkins as director of public relations.

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Te’sah M. Hemphill MSU Federal Credit Union has announced the promotions of Brad Gakenheimer, Te’sah M. Hemphill and Sarah Vandenboss to call center managers.

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Paul Zack, MD Elizabeth Ferik, DO The American Red Cross of Central and Northern Michigan is pleased to announce that Meijer has donated $500,000 to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, was recently named by the Accounting MOVE Project as a 2013 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women. Betty Dawson, NP Cheryl Kovaski, DO MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has announced its continued support of Michigan State University programs and students with its $50,000 donation to the MSUFCU Internship Opportunity Award Program, administered through the MSU Career Services Network. This program provides MSU students participating in unpaid internships during the summer of 2013 with monetary awards up to $1,000. Clark Construction Company has been selected as Construction Manager for the Biosciences building to be constructed at Central Michigan University (CMU). The construction of the new Biosciences building will be the largest capital project in CMU history. Dart Development is launching a new logo and visual look to their brand beginning this month. Beginning with the roll out of a new logo and corporate colors, the full rebrand will also include a new website.


Sarah Vandenboss Attorney Loukas P. Kalliantasis of Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap has recently received a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning, issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Loukas P. Kalliantasis Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

McLaren Greater Lansing is expanding its services in Grand Ledge by opening a health center at 1035 Charlevoix Drive. The new health center will house several clinics including: cardiology (Paul Zack, MD); obstetrics and Edward Ball, DO gynecology (Elizabeth Ferik, DO and Betty Dawson, NP); oncology (Cheryl Kovalski, DO) and primary care/family medicine (Edward Ball, DO). Bret Oleksyn, owner of Odd Fellows Contracting, Inc., and current president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing has been recognized by Remodeling Magazine as one of the top 50 remodelers in the country.

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MSU Federal Credit Union has announced the promotions of Christopher Inman to assistant manager at the downtown Lansing branch and David Thomas to assistant manager at the Farm Lane branch. LAFCU awarded its first WHEELTM scholarships to Rebecca Toodzio of Eaton Rapids, Rhonda Abood of Lansing, and Samantha Carne of Okemos. The Women Helping Educate Every Lady (WHEEL) scholarship program was launched this year to help

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      Lansing JazzFest organizers announced that

the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art has been awarded grants in recognition for quality arts


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programming in 2013 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The MCACA grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process, and was one of 233 applications to compete for MCACA funding this year. Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. The last time Albert and Juanita Trujillo were in New York was during the American Red Cross response to 9/11. This time they will be dropping off one of the Red Cross’ next generation Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV). Built in Michigan by Ford, this van is the newest proto-type of the mobile feeding and supply distribution vehicle that is at the heart of any Red Cross response to natural or man-made disasters. MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) continues to provide a variety of loans to its members and now holds a consumer loan portfolio of $1.41 billion as of May 31, 2013. That represents a 10.23% increase over MSUFCU’s consumer loan portfolio a year prior. MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has announced a partnership with Oakland University (OU), through which MSUFCU will establish an Oakland University Credit Union trade name identity for the financial services at OU. MSUFCU’s commitment to OU is valued at nearly $5 million over 10 years and will help support a $25,000 endowed student scholarship, $25,000 Dean’s Choice Grant Program and a variety of signature sponsorships. One of the largest certified public accounting and business consulting firms in the nation, Plante Moran has introduced an information-packed website, that gives employers and healthcare providers access to webinars, videos and articles focused on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The site is located at Area business and government leaders gathered at LAFCU’s main branch office to pay tribute to autoworkers in Greater Lansing for their contributions in making the Cadillac ATS the 2013 North American Car of the Year. Speakers included U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow who addressed how Michigan’s commitment to manufacturing and innovation is building a stronger future for the state. Capital Imaging, a business document and graphics printing company specializing in on-demand printing and graphics for small and medium-sized businesses, has earned the prestigious 2013 American Inhouse Design Award, sponsored by Graphic Design USA of New York. Sparrow has launched an improved online newsroom ( to help communicate with caregivers, patients, community members and media. The newsroom is a one-stop shop for regular updates, including videos, health tips, features on Sparrow caregivers and news on Sparrow happenings. Clark Construction Company has been selected as General Contractor for the Board of Water and Light’s North Capital Avenue steam line replacement project. Construction commenced the week of July 15th and will continue through November 15th.

MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced as of May 31, 2013, it held $2.48 billion in assets, a 9.86% increase since May 31, 2012. MSUFCU also had 175,144 members as of May 31, 2013, an increase of 5.16% over May 31, 2012.

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Sharon Gillison, Senior Vice President—Human Resources, LAFCU, reads Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s proclamation that proclaims June 21 “Cadillac ATS Day.” Mike Green, President of United Auto Workers Local 652, looks on while a 2013 Cadillac ATS sits in the background.



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Emergent BioSolutions Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 17, 2013 to commemorate the formal opening of a new administration building at Emergent’s Michigan campus. The 32,000 sq. ft. building marks the new entrance to the company’s 12.5-acre site and consists of office space, conference rooms, collaboration spaces, and workout and dining facilities. The new building also symbolizes Emergent’s commitment to its employees and to growth in the Greater Lansing community. From Left to Right: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero; Fuad El-Hibri, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Emergent BioSolutions Inc.; Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Emergent BioSolutions Inc.; and Adam Havey, Executive Vice President and President, BioDefense Division, Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

LRCC’s Tim Daman and Kristin Beltzer chat with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in front of a Lansing-built Cadillac ATS. The ceremony at LAFCU’s Delta Township Headquarters honored local auto workers for their efforts in producing of the ATS, which was named the 2013 North American Car of the Year.

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On June 19, 2013, dignitaries from Michigan State University took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 130,000-square-foot Bio Engineering Building. Scheduled for completion in August 2015, the building will serve as a hub for and encourage research collaboration across a wide range of disciplines. The primary tenants will be faculty from MSU’s colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science. The facility will be located between the Life Sciences and Clinical Center buildings on the south side of the MSU campus. Photo by G.L. Kohuth.









Chamber In Action
Celebrating the opening of Head Room Salon at 1122 North Washington Ave. in Lansing are: Susan Hengesbach (LRCC Ambassador), Brandi Aleshire, Olivia Gorman, Annie Goodrich, David Galvin, Lesley Kissee, Bonnie Hemond, John Cosme, Kendra Cosme (owner), Laura Lerma, Jennifer Bower, Ellie Wong, Mariah Horne, Andrea Loveless, and Melissa Nay (LRCC Ambassador).

The staff of Phantom Fireworks of Lansing celebrates the ribbon cutting of their new facility located at 6141 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing, MI 48917. Founded over 30 years ago, Phantom Fireworks is America’s premier consumer fireworks company and is growing faster than ever with over 1,200 locations throughout the country.


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