Member Newsletter

November 2022

President's Message

Julie Pingston, President

The month of November brings national and international excitement to our community though four sporting events hosted and coordinated by our Greater Lansing Sports Authority.  The events will bring more than 1,000 athletes, and an additional 3,000 officials, coaches and spectators to our region to compete, enjoy all our community has to offer and provide significant economic impact to the region.

In a first for the Greater Lansing region, the U.S. National Women’s Senior Team Handball will compete against Team Canada to qualify for the Pan American Games, the first qualifying step to the 2024 Paris Olympics. The U.S. Team will conduct a two- week training camp at Lansing City Arena in Delta Township, followed by the match on November 10 at 7:00 pm.

The following week 105 professional tennis players from over 15 countries will compete in the Mid-Michigan Tennis Association’s Capital City Tennis Classic. The event occurs November 13-22 at the MSU Tennis Center.

Partnering with Olivet College and the NCAA, we will host the NCAA DIII Men’s and Women’s Cross Country National Championship. The event will host the top 40 men’s and 40 women’s teams from across the country at Forest Akers Golf Course, November 19. This is the first time the event has been held in our region.

Figure Skating takes center ice November 6-10 as Suburban Ice East Lansing hosts the U.S. Figure Skating Midwestern Sectional Singles and U.S. Pairs Finals. Athletes from seven states will be represented and all events are open to the public with tickets available at the door.

Spectators are encouraged to cheer on these athletes and volunteer opportunities are available as well. More information can be found at Greater Lansing to Host Four National Sports Events - Bringing 4,000 visitors.


Four national sports events will bring more than 1,000 athletes, and an additional 3,000 officials, coaches and spectators to Greater Lansing this November. The Greater Lansing Sports Authority is excited to announce the region will host the 2023 Midwestern Sectional Singles and US Pairs Final for figure skating, NCAA DIII Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships, Capital City Tennis Classic and the 2023 Pan American Games Qualifier for Women’s Handball.

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The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) and the Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) are leading a research-driven, branding initiative for both organizations as we strive to serve the region and be top of mind for future visitors, events and conventions. We are currently working with North Star to conduct research inside and outside the area to uncover perceptions, attitudes and what’s special about Greater Lansing as a place to visit and how it should be promoted by our teams.

All are encouraged to complete this community survey. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is open to all in the Greater Lansing area. The information is collected anonymously and presented in an aggregate form. The goal is to hear from at least 2,000 people so feel free to share this link with your staff, colleagues, family and friends.

Respondents will be entered into a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card. Deadline to respond is November 30, 2022.

Thank you in advance for your participation! For more information about this initiative, visit

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Accessible Journeys Magazine named Lansing one of the top destinations for Autism families in the U.S. Along with being the first city to be a certified Able Eyes Accessible City, Lansing is home to the Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation and Museum. This museum is the first Autism history museum in the United States. 

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The Greater Lansing CVB is interested in learning more about how we can best support our local restaurant and dining industry. Please fill out this short questionnaire in order for us to best serve your needs.

Respondents that fill out this survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card.

Deadline to complete survey is Friday, Nov. 11th.

Thank you for your time!

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Welcome Jenn Morden, CMP, CTA, as the new Convention Services & Events Manager. Jenn brings extensive meeting planning, operations, project management and hospitality experience to the GLCVB sales and services team. She is currently the president-elect of MPI Michigan Chapter and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University. She is also a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) and a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

In her role as convention services and events manager, Jenn will coordinate and manage services to meetings and other events held in Greater Lansing to ensure their success. She will also manage the planning and execution of GLCVB events.

Welcome Elaine Unger, as the newest GLCVB sales manager. Elaine joins the growing sales team with recent experience in event planning and regional sales management. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Central Michigan University and is in the process of becoming a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and Certified Tourism Ambassador.

In her role as sales manager, Elaine will primarily work with state associations to coordinate meetings and conferences in Greater Lansing.

Michelle Carlson has been selected to serve as the new Executive Director for Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center. Michelle has over 20 years of experience in arts administration and event planning.

Congratulations, Michelle!

Photo Credit: Sarah Parker

Thank you to all of the everyone who joined us at BrickHaven Brewing Company for our Fall CTA & Member Mixer on Thursday, October 13th! Attendees enjoyed food, beverages, networking, and painting their own coasters. If you couldn’t make it to this event, we hope to see you at our one of our 2023 events. More information coming soon!

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