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The Greater Lansing area wants you to be healthy and safe while visiting. Our hotels, restaurants and attractions have taken the Greater Lansing Safe Pledge for your health and well being. Please visit our Safe Pledge page for details.

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Member Newsletter

April 2022

President's Message

Julie Pingston, President

Have you noticed?? There are more and more sporting events, meetings, and conventions taking place all across the region! We’ve welcomed national competitions for archery, judo and bowling, students participating in Youth in Government, state high school championships for boys and girls basketball, horse expos, Michigan teachers of reading and science, and Michigan county officials. Thank you to all for going above and beyond for our guests even as our workforce has become smaller in many cases.

Congratulations to our Greater Lansing Sports Authority in securing a late booking for April 2-3! I love this testimonial from the event organizer about their ability to choose mid-Michigan once again due to their past experience of hosting an event with us.

“Thanks again - you SAVED THE SEASON! I’m so excited we were able to pull this together and looking forward to working with you and the team again! Thank you AGAIN for speeding this through! Can’t wait to be back to a place we know!” ~National Intercollegiate Running Club Association

April is Autism Awareness Month! The tourism and hospitality community in the region has been proactive in serving our visitors on the autism spectrum by providing sensory programming and opportunities throughout the community as well as initiating front line training on how best to serve all guests. The pandemic may have slowed our activity however, our partners have all stepped back up and are offering opportunities again for our neurodiverse guests to be welcomed to our community. Click here for further details about the sensory friendly opportunities.

Thanks for all your support! Please reach out to me at if I can assist you in any way. Thank you!


The Greater Lansing region prides itself on being a welcoming community and it is our goal to provide the best experience to all guests that visit. In 2017 the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau began a collaboration with regional attractions to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental disabilities, sensory processing disorder, and other neuro-diverse individuals and their families. Multiple attractions have joined the partnership.

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Since 1975, the Hyacinth House has been owned and operated by Jim Schmidt and Dave Goodman.  After 47 years, the ownership has transitioned to Cliff McClumpha who has worked at the store since he was 15 years old.  Jim and Dave will remain with the company for the next year as they retire from the business.  Hyacinth House works with the GLCVB in providing unique floral arrangements and plant rentals to enhance the many of the conventions and events that take place throughout the community as well as beautiful flowers for all occasions.

Congratulations to the Nelson Gallery on their first anniversary in downtown Lansing! The celebration was quieter upon their opening a year ago due to the pandemic and it was nice to celebrate this milestone with the great team at Nelson Gallery!

Jack Roberts was one of 12 honorees announced as this year's inductees into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Congratulations, Jack!

Photo Credit from MHSAA News.

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I-496 will be closed between Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (M-99) and the Grand River. Traffic will be detoured on St. Joseph Street (westbound) and Malcolm X Street (eastbound).

Additionally, Grand Avenue between Malcolm X Street and St. Joseph Street will be closed and detoured. I-496 will remain open between I-96 and M-99 and between the Grand River and US-127. All local access off of St. Joseph Street and Malcolm X Street will remain open. This configuration will remain in place until October 2022.

Complete access to the downtown Lansing area will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

For project news and updates, subscribe to the I-496 Ingham County project e-mail list.

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Upcoming Conventions & Sports Events

CTA Classes return in person. All classes will be held in the GLCVB Board Room.

  • October 19, 2022: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • November 28, 2022: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • February 1, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • March 21, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • April 17, 2023 | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Register for a class.

Apply to the Kristina Scholarship Fund

Contact Melissa Nay with any or by phone at 517-377-1410.

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