For her distinguished career as a business person, community supporter and staunch advocate for women in the workplace, Kelly Rossman-McKinney was named the 2013 ATHENA Award recipient by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.
One of the best testimonies of the impact of transformational leadership is to consider the success of the five honorees at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s (LRCC) 2013 Celebration of Regional Growth Awards (CORG). In many respects, the achievements of the organizations recognized at CORG serve
as a microcosm of how our region is capitalizing on our legacy of entrepreneurial achievements.
The 2013 General Election on November 5 might be one of the most important local elections in recent years. In the City of Lansing, voters will choose their Mayor for the next four years and select four of eight members to sit on the Lansing City Council. Every local election is important, however, given the severe economic challenges faced by the city and a history of sometimes rocky relations between Mayor Virg Bernero and Lansing City Council; this year’s poll results have added significance.
It’s been estimated by 2018 that 62 percent of Michigan’s jobs will require higher education. The result of people transitioning out of the workforce in the next decade will also mean that our state will need 900,000 new workers with at least an Associate’s degree by 2025. The need for talent may be the most critical challenge facing our state and employers seeking to compete in the 21st century economy.
One Lansing medical center understands the value and importance of experience - McLaren Greater Lansing. This year they are celebrating their 100th anniversary, as well as the many ways it has provided quality healthcare to the people of our community over the last century.
Nonprofits are often referred to as the “third economy” because of their financial prominence. In addition to the enormous contribution that Michigan’s charitable organizations make in assisting citizens in need and tackling some of our most challenging societal issues, nonprofits provide vital economic support to the state’s economy.
We love our festivals in Greater Lansing. During the course of the year, our communities celebrate with music, arts, crafts, and color cruises. We celebrate our rich ethnic heritage, life in the city, and the frontier of the Wild West. We have festivals to celebrate all forms of transportation, including cars, boats, horses and bath tubs. What would festivals be without eating? We have festivals that offer foods from over 100 countries, and domestic favorites including chili, maple syrup and pancakes, and yes, even gizzards!
From its opening in 1937, operating out of a desk drawer in the Michigan State University Administration building, to the recent construction of a LEED® Gold certified
headquarters on West Road in East Lansing, MSUFCU has grown to become the largest university-based credit union in the world. With more than 170,000
members and $2.3 billion in assets, MSUFCU is now the 53rd largest out of 7,011 credit unions in the United States.
Benjamin Franklin was credited with the saying, “Out of adversity comes opportunity.” For Chad Jordan, the adversity started in 2004 when he lost his job. In many ways, it was a blessing in disguise because it was a job that Chad didn’t care for all that much.
I’m sure you have noticed that the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce decided to kick-off the New Year with a new look for FOCUS magazine. We think the attractive new FOCUS will continue to be a must-read with members of our organization and something you’ll want to keep around the office as a resource for yourself, employees, clients and visitors.