Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
August 19, 2015
TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani

Time for TC to Grow Up
The Chamber is monitoring a proposed mixed-use development in downtown Traverse City currently before the City Commission. It includes a pair of 9-story structures that will offer commercial space, a restaurant, high-end apartments, parking, and more than 60 units of much-needed workforce housing downtown. Learn more about the Chamber's support for this project in this column in the Traverse City Record-Eagle from TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani.

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business  
Pints & Politics Is Here!
The Chamber is excited for Monday's debut of the new "Pints & Politics" series to be held at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City. It's an opportunity for our members to meet with their legislative leaders in an informal setting to help them gain insight into the issues facing the local business community. The sessions are from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and set for:
  • Monday, August 24 with state and federal officials
  • Thursday, September 24 with Traverse City officials
  • Monday, October 19 with Grand Traverse County officials
Registration is free for Chamber members. Sign up here.

Pints & Politics is presented by:

CONNECT | Events and Programs
Barbara Ellis

Acting Like a Leader
The next showing of Leadership at the Movies coming up September 9 features one of Northern Michigan's premiere personnel consultants - Barbara Ellis of the Center for Coaching & Leadership Development.

Barbara's presentation, entitled "The Transformational Power of a Leader" featuring the film Braveheart with Mel Gibson, will review how leaders can inspire people to do more than they thought possible. She'll also discuss how leaders create a positive legacy, and how to re-energize a team around a common vision.

Leadership at the Movies takes place from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Bijou by the Bay Theater across from the Chamber office. It's free to Chamber members and you can sign up here.

Chamber Leadership programming is made possible by:

Susie Janis receives the 2014 DSA

Save the Date for the Annual Celebration
Chamber members should make plans for an earlier-than-usual Annual Celebration in 2016. Because of scheduling issues for our hosts at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, the Chamber's Annual Celebration has been moved up a week to Friday, January 15, 2016 at the resort.

Each year the Chamber's Annual Celebration kicks off the year in grand style with a night of celebration, mixing and mingling and presentation of one of the region's premiere civic honors - the Chamber's Distinguished Service Award. Follow the weekly Chamber Bulletin for registration updates, but make a note right now of the earlier date of January 15.

The Annual Celebration is supported by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Last Call for Fall LGT Applicants
The application deadline for the Fall 2015 semester of Leadership Grand Traverse is this Friday, August 21.

LGT is the Chamber's flagship leadership development program, helping lead hundreds of participants into prominent community leadership roles for almost four decades. Participants learn about the institutions and organizations that drive the community including state and local government, education, arts and culture, natural resources and others. They also make life-long personal and professional connections with other LGT participants.
Scholarship opportunities are available. Access the application form here.
Join LGT Fellows
Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows has expanded its program offerings as an alumni group of the Leadership Grand Traverse program. LGT Fellows connect with current Leadership Grand Traverse participants, are advised of existing leadership opportunities and get a refresher course on the institutions that were part of their original LGT education.

These "Deep Dive" discussions continue with separate sessions on state and local government on September 14, arts/culture on September 22, health and human services session on October 1, and education on November 10. If you're an LGT Fellow and want to participate, click here to register.

If you're a Leadership Grand Traverse graduate looking to reconnect with the program, follow the LGT Fellows link.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Welcome New Members in July
July was another strong month for membership, as 18 area businesses joined the Chamber. Thanks for supporting the Grand Traverse region through your Chamber membership. We look forward to seeing our new members at Chamber events in the coming weeks and months, including the return of our monthly Business After Hours event which returns September 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Cambria Suites in Traverse City.

Check out our roster of new members and remember to patronize these businesses whenever possible.

Partner News
Great Start's Mary Manner

Great Start Earns National Innovation Award
Congratulations to the Traverse Bay Great Start Collaborative for earning a Regional Innovation Award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The award recognizes organizations that build stronger communities through breakthrough program development and collaboration among partners. It was presented to Great Start Coordinator Mary Manner at the ACCE Annual Convention last week in Montreal, Canada.

The Great Start Collaborative Traverse Bay is a partnership between Venture North Funding and Development and the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District. It focuses on early childhood development as a driver of regional economic development. It brings together community leaders, families and caregivers to create advanced early childhood systems through the area that support family health, early literacy and expanded child care options.

Learn more about the ACCE Award presented to Great Start.

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