Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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October 28, 2015
See You at Tuesday's Expo
It's finally here! The region's largest business get together happens on Tuesday, November 3, where close to 150 businesses and more than 1,300 attendees will take part in the Chamber's annual Business Expo. It happens from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa's Governor's Hall, and you can click here for a list and map of the Expo exhibitors. Don't miss this free event that's open to the public. Spend part of your day with some of the best and brightest from Northern Michigan's business community.

The Expo follows a sold-out Economic Outlook Breakfast on Tuesday morning from 7:30 - 9 a.m. in the Resort's Michigan Ballroom. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will host a panel discussion on Michigan's energy future featuring Val Brader, head of Michigan's Agency for Energy, and CMS Energy Senior Vice President of Govermental and Public Affairs David Mengebier.

The Chamber Business Expo is presented by:

The Economic Outlook Breakfast is sponsored by:

Raising the Curtain on Leadership
One marquee attraction added by Chamber in 2015 is Leadership at the Movies. This compact, convenient leadership development program brings in expert speakers that use critically acclaimed movies to illustrate opportunities to build your leadership skills. The comfortable Bijou by the Bay theater across from the Chamber hosts the 7:30 a.m. programs, which include free coffee, juice and delicious edibles from our friends at Morsels. It's drawn rave reviews from participants and is a great way to start your day!

Next Wednesday, November 4, the series wraps up for this year with a screening of The King's Speech. Leadership strategist Jonathan Pool will analyze scenes from this true life Best Picture winner. Don't miss this last Leadership at the Movies event for 2015 - register today!

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
City Elections on Tuesday
Next Tuesday, November 3, is Election Day in Traverse City. City voters will elect three commissioners to four-year terms on the City Commission, and fill a two-year term for mayor. You can learn more about the candidates in the Chamber's Virtual Candidate Forum.The digital format includes video statements from the candidates, and written responses to a series of questions on various local and business issues.

If you're a registered city voter, don't forget to vote on Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Election Day. We'll also report on city election results in next week's Chamber Bulletin.

Road Funding Talks Heat Up
Road funding is dominating the current discussion in the state Legislature, and the Chamber is closely monitoring the issue. Last week the state House approved a $1.2 billion road plan calling for new revenues that increase gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees, and designates additional road funds from Michigan's General Fund. Senate review of the proposal is pending.

Here's an overview of the House plan in the Northern Michigan Business Blog from Government Relations Director Kent Wood.

The Traverse City Area Chamber also joined five other Michigan chambers, including Grand Rapids and Lansing and the West Michigan Policy Forum, urging state lawmakers to pass a new road funding plan that creates a long-term solution to Michigan's transportation infrastructure needs. The Chamber will keep members updated on the latest road funding negotiations.
CONNECT | Events and Programs
Chamber Board President Jeff Connolly addresses the 2015 Annual Celebration

Registration Open for Annual Celebration
Mark your calendars for January 15, 2016 as the Chamber kicks off the new year with our Annual Celebration at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. It's a wonderful evening of social activity, dining and entertainment, and of course includes the presentation of the Chamber's Distinguished Service Award.
Registration opened this week for the Annual Celebration, which runs from 6:30 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $100 each, and 10-person corporate tables are available for just $750. Don't wait to reserve a seat at this can't miss night for the region's business community. Sign up today!

The Annual Celebration is sponsored by:

Falling for Our Members
October is a big membership month at the Chamber, as more than 60 of our members celebrate their anniversaries including several marking more than 40 years in the Chamber. See who is on the Chamber birthday list this month and thanks to these members for their support.
INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Upcoming LGT Fellows Events
Calling all LGT Fellows! Are you taking advantage of new Chamber programming exclusively open to alumni members of Leadership Grand Traverse? LGT Fellows are invited to a series of "Deep Dive" discussions on topics of local interest. The next two programs are set for Tuesday, November 10 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the TBA Career Tech Center where the group will talk about our local Education system. That's followed by a session on Positive Leadership on Monday, November 16 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. here at the Chamber.

Partner News
What's Next for Kingsley?
Join community leaders for a Visioning Session on Kingsley's downtown core on Tuesday, November 3, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall. Get an update on downtown revitalization plans and offer your input on potential site development to create new opportunities for the community. Click here to learn more.
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