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Taking Responsibility for Building a Great Region

Thursday, January 4, 2018  
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It is an honor to serve as the 2018 Chair of the Lansing Regional Chamber Board of Directors. In this role, I have the privilege of working with an extremely dedicated and talented board comprised of some of the brightest business leaders in the region, as well as the outstanding staff who serve the Chamber and its members so well.

I am often asked how I am able to maintain my commitment to serve on a number of non-profit boards in the region. Like all of you, I also have a ‘day job’ at MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU). I believe it is important to demonstrate leadership both in my organization and in the community. We all have an obligation to help the community thrive.

Serving the community is an integral part of our culture at MSUFCU. Not only do our employees enjoy the opportunities to serve as volunteers in any one of numerous community projects and boards, people want to work at MSUFCU because of our commitment to the community. Community involvement is a significant driver of our ability to recruit great talent to our organization.

We are fortunate to live in a region where so many organizations embrace corporate responsibility to enrich the surrounding community. When we are philanthropic in our efforts to lift up organizations and people in our region that deserve our support, we build a stronger, more vibrant community. This gives our region an edge when it comes to recruiting the great talent we need to compete in a global economy and in our region’s efforts to attract new business investment and jobs.

The Greater Lansing region is experiencing significant economic momentum. Consider the Chamber’s recent Celebration of Regional Growth, an event that over the past 12 years has recognized 65 organizations that have combined to invest more than $2.3 billion in the region. In the past few weeks we’ve also had the major announcement by McLaren Health Care and Michigan State University to construct a $450 million hospital that opens up a world of healthcare, research and talent attraction opportunities. In addition, the Lansing Board of Water & Light has announced plans to build a $500 million natural gas-fired power plant at the site of the coal-fired Erickson Power Plant in Delta Township, which not only creates more jobs and investment, but should firmly establish an environmentally sustainable energy future for our region. McLaren and BWL combined are investing nearly $1 billion in our region in the next few years!

The growth we are experiencing as a region is the result of a lot of hard work by a number of organizations. My work on the boards of both the Chamber and LEAP gives me every reason to believe that our region has the right people leading our efforts to build a community that will be world-class in many ways.

It is also important to emphasize that we all have a role to play in the future success of our region. Eighty-five percent of the members of the Lansing Regional Chamber are small businesses, which contribute the entrepreneurial spirit and jobs that are the backbone of our regional economy. The Chamber is committed to the success of every one of its business members. I strongly encourage you to use the Chamber as a resource to help your business grow. There are numerous opportunities for you to connect with other business leaders and to learn best practices from each other. Contact the Chamber team to identify ways you can take advantage of those opportunities.

2018 holds great promise for our region. Let’s make it a year where we take significant steps forward in building a region of which we are all proud to call home.

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