Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2007

City employee resigns post

August 30, 2007

A mainstay in the Lansing Economic Development/Convention and Visitors Bureau is leaving the city.

Shanae Randolph, who has led the department since its inception in 2001, is resigning to go to work in her hometown of Atchison for MGP Ingredients, a pioneer in the development and production of natural grain-based products.

"We really have a great community, and I will truly miss working with the tremendous staff and businesses here in Lansing," she said.

The city already has begun advertising for the vacancy, but City Administrator Mike Smith said replacing Randolph would be difficult.

"She's a very important part of our team, and we'll miss her," Smith said.

Randolph came on board with the city in September 2001, just months after her graduation from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind.

Her responsibilities in the department are wide and varied. Among them: She helps organize the annual Lansing DAZE and Autumn in the Grove festivals; organizes programming for LGTV, the city's television station; oversees operations at Lansing Community Museum; publishes the city's quarterly newsletter; and assists with business recruitment and retention.

Randolph said she enjoyed all of the work, especially if it involved contact with business owners. In 2004, she and her assistant, Lorraine Gluch, began making calls on all Lansing businesses, to gauge whether there was anything the city could do to increase business retention.

Those calls led to the first-ever Salads and Solutions Luncheon, which has become an annual affair sponsored by the city.

Business owners and managers from throughout the city were invited to the luncheon, where they could sit with City Council members and city staffers to discuss issues and hear a presentation from Smith and Mayor Kenneth Bernard.

"It became a forum : to talk about city issues that affect them throughout the year," she said. "I think it made us very open and showed we were accessible to the public."

Randolph, who was named the city's Employee of the Year for 2005, has set Sept. 14 as her last day with the city.

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