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Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients Reflect Our Diverse Economy

Wednesday, November 1, 2017  
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By Tim Daman, President and CEO

More than any other event, the annual Celebration of Regional Growth (CORG) awards tell an inspiring story of how our region is shaped by great leadership, an entrepreneurial culture and a commitment to excellence. Like all of the 65 organizations that have been recognized as CORG recipients since the program was founded in 2006, this year’s CORG recipients have demonstrated leadership in many ways, particularly in their commitment to job creation and economic growth in our region.

When you consider the vast range of industry sectors represented by the 2017 CORG recipients, there is a compelling case to be made that Greater Lansing has one of the most diverse economies in the entire state. That diversity will only make us stronger as our region continues to establish its leadership position in the global economy. This year’s CORG honorees are a reflection of a vibrant world-class economy.

Pratt & Whitney Auto Air is an international force in the aerospace industry. They are proof that manufacturing greatness in our region encompasses much more than the automotive industry. A key component in Pratt & Whitney’s new geared turbofan is created right here in Lansing!

Spartan Motors is a hometown success story, started four decades ago by four former REO Motor Car Company executives. Today, Spartan is a world leader in the production of emergency and recreational vehicles. Their growing alliance with Isuzu has resulted in $6 million in new investment and up to 100 new jobs — with more to come.

LorAnn Oils remains a family owned business, as it was when it was formed in 1962. Today, the company’s cooking oils are sold in 25 countries. Our region is fortunate that LorAnn continues to expand its operations in Lansing.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center’s expansion is not only good news for the Eaton Rapids community, it also underscores the critical role that healthcare plays throughout our region as a jobs provider and in enhancing the quality of life for all our residents.

Scott Gillespie is a great example of a true entrepreneur willing to take risks by making significant investments in the community in which he was born and raised. Gillespie Company’s developments, including The Venue in East Town are helping transform the landscape on the Michigan Avenue corridor and are important components in our region’s ability to attract and retain talent.

The mission of a chamber of commerce is to support economic growth and job creation in its region, which is why we have an important showcase like CORG. We should all take pride in the growth that is occurring in our region and what that growth represents in terms of our overall quality of life.

Finally, a special thanks to our longtime CORG sponsors. It is an honor to work with people like Steve Alexander and Tim Salisbury at PNC Bank, Jack Davis at Loomis Law Firm and our friends at Consumer Energy. We applaud their commitment to our region and thank them for making the CORG awards a great community celebration.

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