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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

September/October 2016 Volume 22-NO. 5

See pages 5-7

Business Magazine

Mission Statement

The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is

a visible business leader that advocates and
drives business opportunities. Through business
alliances, we are a catalyst for our membership
and provide a persuasive regional voice
benefiting our communities.

2016/2017 Board of Directors

Dave Cox, Executive Director
Wexford Missaukee ISD
Doug DeYoung, Vice Chair
Consumers Energy
Trent Mulder, Treasurer
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC.
Kelly Smith, Past Executive Director
Baker College of Cadillac
Kelly Cater,
Rec Boat Holdings
Karl Marcusse,
Don Schepers,
Schepers Agency, Inc.
Jennifer Brown,
Cadillac Area Public Schools
Stephen King,
Law Office of King & King
Tim Knaggs,
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance
Dan Minor,
Cadillac Castings, Inc.
Tonya Smith,
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hosptial
Pete Stalker,
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Brian Williams,
Blue Heron Caf & Bakery
Bill Tencza, President

Mike Acosta, Great Start Consultant
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant

Paula Jasper, Director of Membership Services
Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations
Printer:Pleasant Graphics
Publisher:Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publication of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The
Chamber reserves the right to edit or refuse articles
and advertisements submitted to the Cadillac Area
Business Magazine and reserves the right in its sole
discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other materials to be distributed through the publication.

Cadillac Commons, now is the

time to build on the momentum

ur cover story outlines the transformational approach, investment

and community involvement associated with the Cadillac Commons Project in
downtown Cadillac and the commitment
by the City of Cadillac.
Bold steps, bold moves, but ultimately a
placemaking vision realized. Adding to the
storyline, multiple entities and individuals
provided the requisite energy, talent, volunteerism as well as independent investment to the overall scope of the project.
Collaboration (seen and unseen) served
as a fundamental component to overall
Among those visible included the 2016
Cadillac Leadership Class, who exceeded
expectations by putting Cadillac Splash in
place and augmenting the City of Cadillacs
desire for a family-friendly feature and
activity in the core downtown. A wow success story, which could not happen without exceptional community support, hard
work, perseverance and desire to say we
will succeed. It is not the end of the story
as referenced in our cover story, but the
momentum is in place.
Even with the momentum, additional investment is needed, more energy
required, including further volunteerism,
new dedication and other community entities taking on whats next.
Perhaps more importantly, the example
will hopefully launch a catalyst elsewhere
in downtown Cadillac or in the Cadillac

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

222 Lake Street

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area. Long-term commitments and projects like the Cadillac Rotary Performing
Arts Pavilion do not materialize by happenstance nor does a company expansion, or a major building project investment. Nothing of significance is ever easy,
such as the Cadillac Commons Project.
The Chamber often has an insider view
or direct involvement, so we do have an
advantage of understanding the challenges. It is important to convey that it takes
collaboration and commitment to carry
the vision to the finish line. The Cadillac
Commons Project is very much an example of that.
Finally, and underscoring collaboration
works in spectacular ways, congratulations to the 2016 Cadillac Leadership Class
for the dedication of Cadillac Splash. The
Chamber thanks the City of Cadillac for
serving as the community partner as well
as the substantial financial support of businesses and private donors. That generosity
will put smiles on kids and families for a
generation and more and further build a
sense of place.

Bill Tencza,
Chamber President

Helping solve the

housing headache

Finding quality and affordable housing in

Cadillac can be hard to find.
The Cadillac area is not unique said Kevin
Elsenheimer, Michigan State Housing
Development Authority Executive Director.
Elsenheimer is trying to make a connection
where there has been a disconnect. The end
goal is to help people live in communities
where the jobs are and getting businesses
and industries access to the workforce needed to fully recover from the recession.
Elsenheimer was the keynote speaker at a
recent Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Lecture Luncheon held at Baker College,
he talked about two programs that MSHDA
officials believe can help to achieve those
goals, the MI First Home and MI Next Home
Elsenheimer said many who may be able
to utilize the programs to purchase a home
may not even know they are available. The
programs assist homeowners who have
steady income and good credit with an
interest-free loan of up to $7,500 toward the
down payment of a new home.
MSHDA will provide $7,500 for down payments, and it is very powerful you dont
have to pay interest, make payments or pay
it back until you sell the home, Elsenheimer

Visionary Partners:

said. We had about 10 families in Wexford

County take advantage of that and it is not
enough. We need more.
While MSHDA is focused on low-income
housing assistance, there is also a need
to providing affordable housing for other
income levels as well.
Its a big issue the good news is we are
looking for people who are qualified to fill
jobs and finding an affordable place for
them to live near work, Elsenheimer said.
The problem is how do we finance these
Unfortunately, Elsenheimer said, MSHDA
is focused on addressing low-income needs,
while market rate housing is left to take care
of itself.
Elsenheimer said MSHDA is looking at
implementing programs to partner with
industry or businesses where people who are
buying a home would receive some funding
both from the state as well as the industry
or business hiring the person. Ultimately,
the private sector will have to be the driving
force to fix this problem, he said.
For more information about MSHDA, go to or call 517-3738370 or toll free at 1-855-MI-MSHDA (1-855646-7432).

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Leadership Partners:
Belle Oakes Living Center Inc.
BorgWarner Thermal Systems
B&P Manufacturing
Cadillac Area Public Schools
Consumers Energy
DTE Energy
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance Agency
FIAMM Technologies LLC
Fifth Third Bank
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Michigan Rubber Products, Inc
Rexair LLC
Walmart Supercenter Store
Wexford-Missaukee ISD

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Cadillac Leadership Class!

Cadillac Leadership
Class of 2016-2017

Kaycee Barber, Rexair


Chris Blessing, Wolverine

Jeff Durga, BorgWarner

Power Cooperative

Samantha Fent, Piranha

Hose Products

Travis Hepfner, Cadillac

Casting, Inc.

Michael Henderson, Rexair


Julie Larkins, Mercantile

Bank of Michigan

Sarah Moeller, Wolverine

Power Cooperative

Monica Malcomnson, Baker

College of Cadillac

Courtney Mulder, Munson

Cadillac Hospital Foundation

Mike Mullins, Piranha

Hose Products

Simply the Best

2016-2017 Cadillac
Leadership Class Schedule

Program Dates:
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Casting, Inc.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Jake Punelli, Cadillac Area YMCA

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Jason Owens, Cadillac

Sindi Powell, Avon

Protection Systems

Tim Rigling, Wexford

Missaukee ISD

Devin Sharp,* Trusted Tree


Shaina Squires, Cadillac Area

Eric VanHaitsma, BorgWarner

Public Schools

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Health & Human Services:
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

*RJ Blanchard Memorial Scholarship is underwritten by:

B&P Manufacturing and Mercantile Bank of Michigan

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Closing Retreat:
Friday, May 19, 2017

Cadillac Commons is

making a splash
Cadillac is looking to make a splash downtown with more than just economic development.
The Cadillac Commons project is a true
community effort to provide new areas to
gather and enjoy downtown Cadillac, Lake
Cadillac, and spur economic development.
Cadillac Commons denotes a geographic
area within our community where five significant placemaking destinations are located, said Cadillac City Manager Marcus
Peccia. Cadillac Commons is currently the
home to The City Park, The Cadillac Rotary
Performing Arts Pavilion, and will soon be
the home to The Plaza and The Market.
The fifth destination is The White Pine
Trailhead; a project that has been conceptually planned for future implementation.
Not since the creation of the Clam River
Greenway or McKellop Walkway has the
City of Cadillac embarked on such an exciting public placemaking project that will
benefit our community today and our community for many generations yet to come,
said Cadillac Mayor Carla Filkins.
The first phase of the project included
upgrading the Rotary Performing Arts
Pavilion with improved seating and other
new amenities such as a movie screen and
projector system, and a new sound system.
The investment of resources into something as grand and glorious as an attractive performing arts pavilion nestled on
the shores of our beautiful lake, at a prime
location in downtown Cadillac, only makes
sense, said Shari Spoelman, Former Rotary
Club of Cadillac President and Chair, Rotary
Cultural Arts Committee. To have a venue
that attracts performing arts and culture to
the community provides us with an amenity
that helps make Cadillac a wonderful place
to call home or to visit.

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Rotary raised well over $100,000 for the pavilion project and the
Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Michigan
Economic Development Corporations Public Spaces, Community
Places crowdfunding program contributed a $50,000 matching
grant after the city had a successful crowdfunding campaign raising
$50,000 this past spring. Cadillac Rotarians have a rich history of
making large investments in community projects, Spoelman said.
The Pavilion is really our capstone project. Once we started to develop improvement plans for the pavilion area, the entire Rotary service
club became committed to making sure the renovation took place and
we focused our fund raising efforts accordingly.

The Plaza at Cadillac Commons project includes a new splash pad,

a synthetic skating rink, and an outdoor gas fireplace. The Market at
Cadillac Commons, a a new, open-air covered farmers market area
complete with a concrete quilt, is being planned for construction in
Similar to the crowdfunding campaign that was done for the
Pavilion last spring, the city just successfully completed a second
crowdfunding campaign this summer by meeting its $50,000 goal,
and will therefore receive an additional $50,000 through the states
Public Spaces, Community Places grant program.

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A source of pride
Farmers markets have proved to bring many social and economic
benefits for communities, said MEDC Executive Vice President Greg
Tedder in a press release. The past success of the two established and
ongoing Cadillac markets is proof that this project will have a tremendous impact on the community.
The Market will be located between the After 26 Depot Caf and
the Cadillac 5 Theatre, and home to the two established community
markets, the Cadillac Made in Michigan Artisan and Farm Market,
as well as our traditional farmers market. Combined with the other
improvements already happening in the Cadillac Commons lakeside
park district, the possibilities are endless for this space hosting even
more festivals, events, artists & vendors.
The implementation of several core components of Cadillac
Commons is a testament of the close knit community we are all proud
to call home, Peccia said.
The genuine partnerships and collaborative nature of our residents
and industries are the very DNA of our community, and make it possible to do what otherwise would be impossible.
Crowdfunding and funding through other outside resources plays
an important part through every phase of the project and city residents will not see an increase in taxes to pay for the improvements.

Consumers Energy donated $50,000 to the project in April.

We are pleased to help develop The Plaza at Cadillac Commons,
transforming the downtown and creating new opportunities for
businesses, residents and visitors to the community, said David
Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. This
contribution grows from our promise to the Michigan communities
we serve, building for the future of Cadillac and the entire state.
The Michigan Municipal Leagues PlacePlans program has assisted Cadillac in forming placemaking initiatives, said Dan Gilmartin,
CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League.
Better utilizing existing community park space is one of the suggestions called for in the PlacePlans work. With the communitys support, this open-air farmers market will be a source of pride for years
to come.
Besides being a cool place for residents to hangout, the Commons is
hoped to spur economic development in the area.
Providing a special place for people to gather that is located near
our finest natural amenities such as Lake Cadillac and our trail systems, but also near our largest commercial district will create a synergy or connections between them resulting in positive growth and
use in all areas, Peccia said.

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August 2016

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November 15, 2016

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Ambassador Club
Ribbon Cuttings
Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion

ArtVan Furniture

Wexford County Council on Aging

Wolverine Power Cooperative

Samaritas Senior Living of Cadillac

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Wexford-Missaukee Imagination Library

Maria Gonzalez of the Osceola County
Community Foundation presented a $6,350
check to the Imagination Library.
The Wexford-Missaukee Imagination Library
provides books to children birth to age 5 in
the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School
District, which includes the Marion and Pine
River School Districts in northern Osceola
County. 100% of the donated funds go to the
purchase and mailing of books, which are provided at no cost to families. Information on
how to sign up is available on the Great Start
Collaborative website:

Charles DeVries, Area Manager for ITC Holdings

Corp. (ITC), presents a check for $10,000 to Doreen
Lanc, Executive Director for the Cadillac Area
Community Foundation, and Mike Acosta, Great
Start Consultant at the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce. The funds will be used for the WexfordMissaukee Imagination Library, which provides
free books to children birth to age 5 throughout the
Wexford Missaukee ISD service area. The WexfordMissaukee Imagination Library was initiated by
local business and is funded entirely by donations
by local citizens, businesses, and local and regional
philanthropy. ITC is the largest independent electricity transmission company in the country and
operates in Michigans Lower Peninsula, as well as
through much of the Midwestern United States.

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Local Attorney
Appointed to Committee

Cadillac Currents Swim Team

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Cadillac attorney David Peterson has been appointed as a

member of the State Bars Education & Events Committee.
The committee provides the State Bar with assistance in
developing education events that include the Bar Leadership
Forum, the Upper Michigan Legal Institute and the annual
meeting. Peterson is one of eighteen Michigan attorneys and
judges appointed to the committee.

The Cadillac Area YMCA has a newly installed Swim Meet

Timing System, which was made possible in large part to a
$26,000 donation from Cadillac Mortgage
The Cadillac Currents swim team has been competing
around the state since January of 2010. It wasnt until the
winter of 2011 that they hosted their first swim meet at the
Cadillac Area YMCA. The system will be used at their first
swim meet of the season this December.

Your Chamber is now on Social Media! Find out

what weve been up to and join our upcoming
programs by visiting our Facebook Page.

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Cadillac/Wexford Transit
Authority receives funding to
help extend hours
Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority (CWTA) has received
a $160,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administrations
Job Access and Reverse Commute program. CWTA secured
the funding to address, in part, the communitys need for
expanded hours on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

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Rotary Club of Cadillac

Presents Award
The Rotary Club of Cadillac has awarded the Paul Harris
Fellowship Award to Gus Meyjes and David Mackey for their backing of the clubs raffle of a car which was built by students at the
Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center.
A collaboration of partners formed to build the car to be completed for the Rotary Auction. Donated my Meyjes, Mackey led the
CTC Power Sports and Equipment classes to complete the kit from
the chassy up.

Lorri King elected to Real

Property Law section of State Bar
Lorri B. King Attorney with The
Law Offices of King & King was
recently elected as an officer of the
Real Property Law Section of the
State Bar of Michigan. Lorri King
has been a presenter at various at
RPLS conferences for Michigans
Continuing Education Program.
She has been on the council for the
past six years.

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Welcome New Members

Creations, Inc.
Mollie Osborn
7451 West Blue Road
Lake City, MI 49651

Real Estate
Joni Holly
461 East Cass Street
Cadillac, MI 49601

McBain Building
Sharon Noordheok
302 North Pine Street
McBain, MI 49657

Graphics, Inc.
Brett Kneitel
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Data track 2015 and 2016

Wexford County Jan. 16 Feb. 16 Mar. 16 April 16 May 16 June 16 July 16 Aug. 16 Sept. 15 Oct. 15 Nov. 15 Dec. 15
Labor Force
14,474 14,558
14,465 14,612 14,677 14,560 14,504 14,386 14,370 14,412 14,541
13,576 13,634 13,615 13,688 13,885 13,923 13,702 13,773 13,637 13,599 13,679 13,775

Unemployment 898 924 934 777 727 754 858 731 749 771 733 766

6.2% 6.3% 6.4% 5.4% 5.0% 5.1% 5.9% 5.0% 5.2% 5.4% 5.1% 5.0%
Missaukee County Jan. 16 Feb. 16 Mar. 16 April 16 May 16 June 16 July 16 Aug. 16 Sept. 15 Oct. 15 Nov. 15 Dec. 15

Labor Force
6,867 6,978 7,032 6,951 7,014 7,119 7,189 7,058 7,095 6,972 6,887 6,962

6,405 6,473 6,524 6,547 6,676 6,760 6,790 6,719 6,752 6,632 6,575 6,614

Unemployment 462 505 508 404 338 359 399 339 343 340 312 348

6.7% 7.2% 7.2% 5.8% 4.8% 5.0% 5.6% 4.8% 4.8% 4.9% 4.5% 5.3%
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Chamber of Commerce
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Cadillac, MI 49601-1874

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