Celebrating our milestones

Sometimes history repeats itself. Thirty years ago this month, we were reading in the Greater Lansing Business Monthly that our region was going through a renaissance. And, here in 2017 we are again talking about the cranes in the air and the capital investment in this region.

Some milestones are too important to overlook. Major achievements in business give us an opportunity to reflect on the beginning, celebrate the progress and pose a direction for the future. GLBM is turning 30 this month and we didn’t want the occasion to go unacknowledged.

Some events in 1987 that you may recall include Aretha Franklin becoming the first woman to be part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the first supernova since 1604 that could be seen with the naked eye, the approval of AZT by the Food and Drug Administration to be used for HIV/AIDS treatment, the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act passing as the first of it’s kind and “Nightline” presented its first Town Meeting discussing AIDS.

I remember many of these events and think you probably do too. Specifically in Lansing, The Detroit News opened a local office, The Eyde Company was leasing space in the Knapp’s Centre, the Lansing Center was constructed and we were optimistic about the airport’s role in our community despite decreases in jet service. And, the launch of a business news publication will set out to follow the ups and downs of the business community.

I hope you enjoyed seeing GLBM’s first cover and the photo of Lansing as it was then. There has been a lot of change over 30 years, but some things stay the same. The business community wants progress and opportunity. Residents want great neighborhoods, stable jobs and places to go for entertainment. Together, they make our region work.

Thanks to all those who have continued to work hard and make our community stronger. The current status of our region is a direct reflection of decisions made by hundreds of planners, risk takers, go-getters and dreamers. If you’re interested in meeting up with some of those individuals today, I invite you to attend the GLBM Connections & Coffee event on June 20 at NBS Commercial Interiors sponsored by Dart Development Group.

I wonder what Lansing will look like 30 years from now.

Be dynamic in all you do,

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