A Letter from the President and CEO

As the Greater Lansing community, and the entire nation, attempt to stand and endure the tidal wave of change brought about by the COVID-19 Coronavirus it feels like an appropriate time for reflection. Reflection on what can be done, and what is simply out of our control. While none of us know how long this will all last, we must do what we can to take the right steps to stay well, adhere to state mandates for social distancing and where we can help each other and local businesses. I personally have gained strength by searching for bright spots and examples of the ingenuity and kindness that makes humanity, and our region, so great. Right here in Greater Lansing I’ve seen local restaurants switch gears and re-invent their business model on the fly to both remain solvent and serve the growing need for take-out dining service. I’ve seen area hotels facing large event closures get beyond the challenges and display both human service and business savvy, offering guestrooms as emergency lodging for first responders looking to self-quarantine during this hectic time. Local hospitality partners are donating food and medical supplies, local distilleries are converting to producing hand-sanitizer and local attractions are creating online tours and activities for residents. These humanitarian efforts are what make our industry come together in difficult times when we can’t come together in person. This caring mindset will help get us through this difficult time. The Greater Lansing CVB feels the pain the entire hospitality and business community is enduring, and we will make our best effort to be a resource for important information affecting us all as it becomes available. Included in this edition of the GLCVB Member eNews is some important information on the Governor’s Stay-Home Executive Order, small business disaster loan assistance, unemployment information and ways to support local businesses while social-distancing – we hope they are of use to you and your staff. As Governor Whitmer said in her address to the state, tough times don’t last, tough people do. We at the CVB pledge to stand alongside community partners through this challenging time and thank you for keeping the spirit of hospitality alive in our community.

-Julie Pingston, President and CEO