Member Newsletter

May 2022

President's Message

Julie Pingston, President

It’s a busy time for the hospitality industry especially with MSU’s Commencement weekend upon us. It will be amazing to see families arrive to campus to celebrate with their graduates after an absence of the full commencement experience. Thank you to our industry for taking care of all of our guests during this very busy weekend in our community!!

I was able to attend the ribbon cutting for the Department of Energy’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University on May 2. The path to this week’s ceremony began in 2008 when MSU was selected as the site for the FRIB. This project broke ground in 2014 and has now completed under budget and ahead of schedule. While a project involving nuclear science does not naturally connect to the tourism and hospitality industry, we look forward to welcoming scientists from around the world to our region as they travel here to conduct ground-breaking research projects within the facility. Those coming to use the FRIB represent more than 100 universities in the U.S. and 250 institutions from 50 countries internationally. Our region will also be hosting a variety of conferences and symposiums related to the FRIB. It is an exciting time for our region to be leading the world in nuclear research and discovery!

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



The GLCVB is moving to a paperless invoicing system for the 2022 member dues cycle. Please watch for an email in early June with your invoice and link to pay your dues in the member portal. If you still prefer a paper invoice or would like to pay via check please contact Melissa Nay at to make arrangements. Thank you for supporting our efforts to cut down on paper, postage and administrative costs.

The Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) is proud to announce the region has been selected to host two additional premier national events for 2023 and 2024. The GLSA and Lansing Skating Club were awarded the 2023 Midwestern Sectional Singles and U.S. Pairs Final. Michigan State University and the GLSA have been selected as co-host for 2024 NCAA DI Women’s Golf Regional.

Pictured: GLSA staff left to right: Miranda Coleman, Tom Kinder, Mike Price and Meghan Ziehmer.

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The Greater Lansing CVB was recognized for 10 years of partnership with Simpleview during the annual Simpleview Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Simpleview is a Content Management System and Destination Management System that GLCVB uses for marketing, data, and developing and maintaining and

Pictured left to right: GLCVB staff Beth Jespersen and Tracy Padot.

The City of Lansing Office of Financial Empowerment in partnership with the Cristo Rey Financial Empowerment Center and LEAP is offering a Small Business Boost program. 

Work one-on-one with trained professional financial counselors. The program spans from March 2022 to March 2023. 

Financial counseling is available at several locations in-person or over the phone. 

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High Caliber Karting & Entertainment announces the arrival of "Handicapable". These accessible go-karts were designed to provide people who are in wheelchairs a go-kart experience. The carts offer a unique, hand-operated steering wheel system that removes the need of regular brakes and gas pedals by placing the mechanics directly behind the steering wheel. 

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Happy Birthday Impression 5!

Impression 5 Science Center celebrated its 50th birthday on April 20th  with a capital campaign kick off event to raise $5 million dollars to take the science center to the next 50 years. TechSmith, Dart Foundation, and Joe D Pentecost Foundation all supported the center with financial donations toward the campaign. Member Manager Melissa Nay serves on the board of directors and was the chair of planning committee for this event. Impression 5 will be celebrating this legacy all year long so keep an eye out for more festivities throughout the year. One of which is the May 10th Joint Mixer with the Lansing Chamber!

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Congrats Terry Terry for being named the 2022 JAMM Honoree!

Lansing, MI –Terry Terry was honored by the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM) for his contributions to jazz at their annual awards tribute held on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at UrbanBeat in Old Town, Lansing. 

Terry has helped the once-neglected area of Lansing, and he has catalyzed the community’s expansion through the arts. Terry, the 13th JAMM honoree, has spent much of the past three decades bringing art to the streets of Old Town. 

He’s the co-founder of JazzFest Michigan and serves as President of the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA), the nonprofit producer of JazzFest Michigan and Michigan BluesFest.

Over the past few years, Terry has turned UrbanBeat into a live music venue and a listening room where music is respected as something that can break down barriers — economic, educational, and racial.

The GLCVB would like to thank Robin Goodenough, Assistant General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Lansing West for over 35 years of service to the hospitality industry. Congratulations on your retirement Robin!

Pictured left to right: Stephanie Wohlfert, Mary Chris Hotchkiss, Robin Goodenough, Julie Pingston and David Buckenberger.

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