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Deb Muchmore to Serve as 2017 Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Chair

Monday, January 9, 2017  
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Deb Muchmore, a partner in the government consulting firm of Kandler Reed Khoury & Muchmore, will serve as the 2017 chair of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) Board of Directors. She has served on the Chamber board since 2011 – one of the many board representatives who hail from the region’s expansive small business sector.

Muchmore takes over for Joe Ford of Netvantage Marketing, who remains on the board as past chair. MSU Federal Credit Union chief executive officer April Clobes will serve as chair-elect and is in line to become board chair in 2018.

“Nothing is more central to the purpose of the Chamber than working to create a climate where businesses can succeed, enabling our region’s economy to thrive and lift everyone who lives here,” Muchmore said. “A healthy business community drives the Chamber’s ability to deliver top notch programs for employers and their employees, and be the strong advocacy voice for business. In 2017, the Chamber board will continue our focus on policies that improve member value and drive regional economic health.”

Many Chamber members know Muchmore from her work helping grow the Lansing Economic Club in recent years – the region’s premier forum for presenting diverse and influential figures to speak on a variety of economic, leadership and cultural topics relevant to the day. The club draws more than 400 guests to its monthly luncheon meetings.

“Being involved in the club and helping it grow has been personally and professionally gratifying,” she says. “We have been able to bring insightful leaders, timely topics and different perspectives that help shape smart thinking. I am positive that the experience of club members and speakers we invite to our podium is only going to reach new heights.”

Getting involved with the Chamber is something Muchmore encourages others to embrace. “There is no better way to contribute, learn, forge and maintain connections, drive new business opportunities and improve the community than by getting involved. It is true that you get more out than what you put in.”

Muchmore also has played a role in the Chamber’s Leadership Lansing program that is designed to inform emerging business leaders of Greater Lansing’s economic, cultural and social dynamics. And, she was among the first group of Lansing Chamber members to travel together to China in 2012 on a cultural learning and business development trip.

Muchmore also serves on the board of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Physician’s Health Plan. She is an author for several business publications on a range of topics that include energy, natural resources, education and talent production, tax policy and others.

For more than 30 years, Muchmore has been a public and government relations strategist for a range of businesses looking to grow Michigan’s economy.

She is most known for helping bring economic development projects to job-needy parts of Michigan. The projects often come under strong public scrutiny, which is where her counsel comes into play. The Eagle nickel and copper mine in the U.P., Nestle’s advanced beverage bottling operation near Big Rapids, oil and natural gas production and energy infrastructure projects, among many others spanning her career, represent hundreds of Michigan jobs and stronger local and state economies.

Muchmore is an MSU graduate. Before joining KRKM, she was vice president at another great LRCC member, Marketing Resource Group.

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