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MSAE's Board of Directors took decisive action this week in support of the restoration of funding for the Pure Michigan campaign. MSAE is proud to stand by many of our organizational and allied members urging state leaders to get Pure Michigan back on track before too much momentum is lost. Michigan's tourism lobby has done fantastic work in getting the message out about Pure Michigan's significance to the state's economy. If supporting this effort makes sense for your organization, they would certainly welcome additional voices to the cause.
It's important to note that the Board's decision did not occur without careful consideration of MSAE's broader membership and dialogue about how such action may be received. For most trade associations, government relations and public policy programs are a key benefit of membership. This has not historically been the case with MSAE because of the diverse policy agendas of our members. Where should MSAE be when it comes to legislative and regulatory issues? As an MSAE member for nearly two decades and a former member of the Board of Directors who is now sitting at the helm, it seems to me that MSAE has struggled to answer this question definitively for many years.
How do you feel about this issue? Would you look to MSAE to serve as sentinel, advocate, and coalition builder on legislative issues that could impact your association? Do you believe our members share enough common ground for a policy platform to be developed? Would such efforts add value to your membership? Or, do you prefer that MSAE stay out of the legislative arena entirely?
Your voice matters. Share your perspectives with us here. We're listening!
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance
Ensuring a knowledgeable, professional and successful community is MSAE’s mission and core to our long-term success. Because we are a member-first organization, MSAE has continuously pushed the envelope and experimented with the best means to deliver a unique and enriching experience to all of our members and partners.
But in this current era of rapid technological, social and economic change, how we serve our members had to shift to reflect the new realities of our society. After conducting a comprehensive analysis of our organizational structure, program offerings and overall operations, the MSAE Board has approved a “New MSAE”.
With MSAE’s new organizational membership model, our membership has more than doubled to over 1,700 members. No longer are we an association just for the Chief Staff Executive…we’re here to serve the entire association staff. During the past year, we’ve created many new programs, webinars, peer-to-peer community of practice groups, and resources to address the needs of all staff levels.
MSAE Staff Profile: Kelly Chase, CMP
Starting in January of this year, Hanna Featherston joined the MSAE team as our meetings intern. She has already shown leadership in taking on any task and project available. Currently finishing her degree majoring in Recreational and Event Management with a minor in Business Administration at Central Michigan University, her graduation date is set for August 2018.