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Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:30 p.m.​
Central Michigan University
Bovee U.C. Auditorium
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How can local leaders forge coalitions to accomplish lasting economic changes in the face of overwhelming odds? David Hollister and Raymond Tadgerson discussed how skilled leadership helped convince General Motors to construct two new Lansing manufacturing facilities during a recession. They shared their experiences and perspectives on how similar coalitions can be forged to tackle pressing community problems.


David Hollister
David Hollister served as Lansing's mayor from 1993 to 2003, a time period during which he undertook several projects to benefit Lansing. One of his most memorable projects was convincing General Motors to build the Grand River Assembly Plant. When Hollister was informed that GM intended to pull production out of Lansing, his strong commitment to strengthening the local economy drove him to rally the many regional stakeholders and take whatever action was necessary to keep GM in Lansing.

Ray Tadgerson
Former CEO and President of Capital Consultants (now C2AE), Ray Tadgerson served as the project director/manager for the Blue Ribbon Committee to Keep GM. Tadgerson, a professional engineer hired as a consultant by the mayor and the city, facilitated creation of the strategic plan for the Blue Ribbon Committee and assisted co-chairs Dave Hollister and Jack Davis in managing the successful campaign. He also demonstrated to GM that a plant model used in Germany and Brazil could be built on the site of the then-existing Main Assembly Plant while continuing assembly operations at the plant. He then helped GM locate a site for the Lansing Delta Assembly plant.​​

Free Film Screening
Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration

 Friday, October 21 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.
in the Park Library Auditorium.

Hosted by the Michigan Political Scie​nce Association annual conference.
Open to the public.​

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When GM prepared to pull out of Lansing, a team of government, business, labor, education and other community leaders convinced them to invest over a billion dollars instead. Second Shift: From Crisis to ​Collaboration tells the story of successful regional collaboration to create the “second shift” for a community in crisis.​

Second Shift movie posterFollowing the 1996 announcement that General Motors would leave Lansing in 2004 when production of the new Oldsmobile Alero ended, Mayor Hollister and the City of Lansing acted to fight this decision and created the Blue Ribbon Committee to Keep GM. They hired Ray ​Tadgerson, a professional engineer, to serve a​s project director/manager of the Blue Ribbon Committee.

After months of research, problem-solving, collaboration, and negotiations, the Blue Ribbon Committee presented a detailed proposal to GM outlining the benefits of continued Lansing operations. Thanks to their efforts, a positive and long-standing GM/UAW relationship and strong support from the region, General Motors announced its decision to stay in Lansing. GM built three new plants in the region over the next seven years: Lansing Grand River Assembly in downtown Lansing and the Lansing Delta Assembly Plant and Regional Stamping Plant in Delta Township. 

About the Hart-Milliken Speaker Series

​​The Philip A. Hart and William G. Milliken Endowed Speaker Series for Integrity in Politics is named in memory of former U.S. Senator Philip A. Hart and in honor of former Michigan Governor William G. Milliken. A legendary trait of the careers of Senator Hart, a Democrat, and Governor Milliken, a Republican, was their ability to work together with members of opposing political parties.

This speaker series challenges interested parties--students in particular--to approach politics in a way that embraces America's diversity of ideas and perspectives and to strive to replace negativity and partisanship with creativity and innovation in shaping public policy.​