There’s only one way to create a strong regional economy: regional cooperation and collaboration.

It was under this premise that the Bay Area, Midland Area and Saginaw County Chambers of Commerce, along with Bay Future, Midland Tomorrow and Saginaw Future Inc., formed a regional alliance.

In 2011, Isabella County brought its many assets and connections to the regional alliance, making it a four-county collaboration.

The members of the Alliance have worked together to build on the regional strengths critical to both individual and collective futures.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is to encourage, support and celebrate regional collaboration and initiatives that will improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Matthew D. Felan – President & CEO

Lori Flippin – STEM Initiative Leader

Matt Samocki – Director of the Great Lakes Bay Mental Health Partnership

Chloe Updegraff – Regional Census Hub Coordinator

Moira Branigan – Director of Internal Operations

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Institute for Leaders

Our region can only be strengthened through the leadership of individuals who are knowledgeable, informed, and ready to advocate and bring resources to the table. The Institute for Leaders curriculum expands participants’ knowledge of the Great Lakes Bay Region and introduces powerful, successful scenarios and concepts from other regions or at the state level.

Regional Ambassadors

Regional Ambassadors are spokespersons for the region.  These leaders help create awareness of products, services and lifestyle opportunities of the region and promote interest and desire in businesses.  They focus on enhancing economic growth and quality of life throughout the region.

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