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Business Breakfast with Bob Trezise

Join us for the next GRC Business Breakfast featuring Bob Trezise, local economic guru and community leader.

Bob Trezise has been President and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) since November 2011.  LEAP operates an economic development program that incorporates the tri-county area of Greater Lansing including the Lansing Regional SmartZone, as well as the area’s Business Development program.

Bob had been President and CEO of the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), appointed by Mayor Bernero in January of 2006.  Bob completely reorganized the LEDC into a dynamic organization, resulting in 50-year historic achievements for the city in economic development, helping the private sector create over 5,200 jobs, rehab scores of abandoned buildings including the long vacant Power Station plant in downtown on the riverfront into the new national corporate headquarters for Accident Fund, all totaling over $700 Million in private investment.

In 2011, Bob was also named by the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) as the state’s Top Economic Development Professional and received two awards from the International Economic Development Council recognizing the “Accident Fund” project in downtown Lansing as the world’s best economic development project in two different categories, the only one to do so in 2011.

Networking begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast refreshments provided by the Henry Center, and the speaker presentation to begin promptly at 8 a.m.

UPCOMING EVENTS

AUG
20th

GRC Networking Night at the Lugnuts!

SEP
24th

10 Over the Next 10 Awards

OCT
22nd

4th Tuesday at the Old Town Marquee

NOV
19th

4th Tuesday at Zoobie's Old Town Tavern

DEC
17th

GRC Holiday Gala

JAN
28th

4th Tuesday at Suits

FEB
20th

Special offer: LRCC Annual Dinner

FEB
25th

4th Tuesday at Simplified (February)

MAR
25th

4th Tuesday at Tripper's Sports Bar (March)

APR
8th

Pilobolus at Wharton Center

APR
22nd

4th Tuesday at Eden Rock (April)

MAY
27th

4th Tuesday at HopCat East Lansing

JUN
24th

4th Tuesday at Wharton Center

JUL
22nd

4th Tuesday at Dublin Square

AUG
5th

Business Breakfast with Andre Hutson

AUG
26th

4th Tuesday at Lansing Lugnuts

SEP
23rd

4th Tuesday at University Club: 10 over the Next Ten Awards

OCT
16th

Once at Wharton Center

OCT
28th

4th Tuesday at Chandler TapHouse

NOV
18th

4th Tuesday at Great Lakes Capital Fund

DEC
4th

Business Breakfast with Bob Trezise

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Our Mission

The Grand River Connection seeks to develop a stronger network to support Lansing and East Lansing’s young and vital workforce. We exist to bring together young professionals in our community who are in their 20’s and 30’s. Our diverse, non-partisan group provides fun, social, and professional connections that encourage economic growth and community involvement where we live, work, and play.

Our History 

The Grand River Connection was founded in Spring 2005 to fill a gap in the community. Greater (East) Lansing is a great place for college students and a great place to raise a family, but for those in between there was no viable social network. With a goal of filling that gap in mind, the GRC was born. 

Young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s in the Greater Lansing area are welcome to join the group, and joining is very simple. There are NO membership fees, and most of our events are FREE! Simply sign up for our monthly newsletter by clicking the big button at the top right of this website. 

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GRC BOARD

Brian Gallagher

President

Rachael Ruis

Vice President & Chair of Networking Programs

Andrea Ragan

Vice President & Chair of Special Events

Katherine Becsey

Chair of Membership

Tyler Dyke

Chair of Sponsorship & Finance

Olivia Edgar

Treasurer

Pete Brown

Secretary

Hannah Leibinger

Chair of Communications

Andrea Kerbuski

Chair of Media