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Our Annual Report: Stronger Chamber, Stronger Region

Wednesday, March 7, 2018  
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By Tim Daman, President and CEO

I am particularly excited with this month’s issue of FOCUS Magazine for a couple of reasons. First, we highlight education with a emphasis on initiatives aimed at developing the talent pipeline in our region, a top priority for the Chamber and our members. Secondly, the March edition of FOCUS includes the Chamber’s 2017 Annual Report. This is our annual report card which measures our performance in serving our membership and the business community.

By any measure you use — membership, events, advocacy or financial — your Chamber is among the very best. We were particularly proud to be recognized in 2017 by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals as a Chamber of the Year finalist. There are few things more rewarding than to be recognized by your peers for a job well done.

As mentioned last month in this column, our membership retention efforts are among the best in the nation among Chambers. Our membership retention levels are among the top 10 percent in the country, which speaks volumes about the value our members continue to experience from their Chamber membership.

As our social media, marketing and branding efforts continue to grow, so too do the branding, communications and marketing tools we provide to our members. Our robust social media platforms continue to reach more people than ever and is helping our members increase their exposure in the community. Lansing Marketplace, our digital directory, is also connecting our members with potential customers and other businesses in new and exciting ways.

Connecting members with each other is a big part of what we do at the Chamber. In 2017, we produced more than 60 events that connected more than 8,000 members. Members continue to tell us that our events provide some of the greatest value from their Chamber investment.

Our member surveys continue to show that attracting and retaining talent is the number one challenge among our region’s employers. Recognizing the importance, the Chamber continues to place great emphasis on talent initiatives, including Leadership Lansing, ATHENA, ATHENA PowerLink, 10 Over the Next Ten, Grand River Connection and Lansing 5:01. We believe Greater Lansing is becoming a home to the best talent in the nation!

The Chamber’s government relations division had another highly successful year in promoting good public policy and helping to elect public officials that share a common vision for a great future —including Lansing’s new Mayor Andy Schor. Our PTAC office continues to help business secure government contracts — totaling $47.9 million, which created or retained 959 jobs in the region in 2017.

As we continue to build on the success of the past year, I would like says thank you to a number of people who contributed along the way, including the outgoing members of our Board of Directors: Jen Dubey, Tyler Dyke, Stella Cash, Joe Ford, Steve Reynolds and Fathy Shetiah.

A special thank you also goes to our incredibly talented and dedicated team at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. They work hard every day to deliver the very best to our most important customers — our members! It is an honor for me to work alongside the best team in town in building a stronger Chamber and a stronger region.

Click here to download the 2017 Annual Report.

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