Greater Lansing Mackinac Reception to Return

Recently, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce held an event in Lansing, at the Lansing Center, that was initiated to promote the Detroit region and networking business to business (and politically) within our state. They utilize this practice in other cities around the state. The Detroit Chamber is also the entity behind the annual Mackinac Policy Conference each year at the end of May.

The Lansing Region has participated in this annual conference as attendees, but additionally a contingent of businesses and regional partners have also held, as part of the conference, a networking reception to promote the Lansing region an economic option. Each year the conference attendees are invited to attend the networking reception and network with various business and economic leaders of the Lansing region. The goal of this event is to demonstrate to attendees, who may be from outside the Lansing region, the economic opportunities and growth our region offers, along with providing another chance for our own Lansing region business leaders (both public and private) and policy makers to re-connect and demonstrate our commitment to regional prosperity.

This event is driven by the united efforts of economic and business leaders of our region. Key investors in this event are the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC), the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau (GLCVB), Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), and the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority (LEPFA) with additional support from the Lansing Board of Water & Light and Capital Region International Airport. Additionally, this event has had the support of important Lansing region businesses such as C2AE, Lake Trust Credit Union, Cooley Law School, Demmer Corporation, Tetra Tech, Malcolm Pierney and more.

The conference lends itself to put those attendees in the mindset of driving business and encouraging economic/policy leaders to work together while looking for opportunities for economic development. The networking reception is a great occasion to not only celebrate our wins, but to develop new relationships both within and out of our region that may lead to future economic successes for the Lansing Region.

The vision is to return to the conference in 2015 with a goal of demonstrating both to our own Lansing region attendees and those other intrastate commerce partners that Lansing is here! For more information or to participate in the Lansing Region’s event contact Virginia Bernero at


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