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GYAN Staff Recognized as Community Champions of Greater Lansing

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Published: Monday, 06 May 2019 Author: Global Youth Advancement Network

GYAN staff pictured with awardsOn March 13, 2019 the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (GLCVB) hosted their annual meeting, in which Global Youth Advancement Network (GYAN) staff were recognized as “Community Champions”. GLCVB awarded Dr. Chinwe Effiong, Assistant Dean, and Alexandra Jarvis, Operations/Program Coordinator, for hosting the inaugural Global Youth Advancement Summit at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing this coming June.

GLCVB acts as a resource for residents and visitors, identifying and promoting businesses and services to meet the needs of their events, competitions, or to simply help them enjoy their stay in the Greater Lansing area. Each year, GLCVB convenes all of their partners — local businesses and organizations — to announce changes in the local economy, and to acknowledge individuals for their contribution and dedication to the region. 

Those recognized at the meeting are deemed “Community Champions”, or individuals who host events and bring people to the Greater Lansing area. According to GLCVB’s website,

“When conventions and meetings and sports tournaments are held in our community,
the local economy gets a tremendous shot in the arm. Over $602 million in spending
and about 11,000 local jobs happen because of these out-of-town dollars.”

At this year’s meeting, GLCVB honored nine community members for encouraging and advocating for local business and visitors. Contributing to GLCVB’s mission to stimulate the Greater Lansing region, the Global Youth Advancement Summit is bringing to East Lansing up to 200 young innovators and change-makers representing 30 countries across six continents to address global challenges and inequities.  

GYAN would like to thank GLCVB for their hard work to promote the Greater Lansing region and help develop its economy, and for warmly welcoming guests to our community.


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