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The Alliance: A History of Collaboration

What began as a small committee, called VISION TRI-COUNTY, evolved into an Alliance between four counties, all working together towards a common goal...collaboration among regional businesses, corporations and agencies.

The idea of influencing legislative initiatives as a region began in the mid-to-late 1980’s. Originally, three groups-one from Saginaw, Bay City and Midland made contact with each other to form an informal group that discussed legislative issues they wanted to influence.  Through the years the group members changed, and eventually resulted in the group disbanding.

The first “revitalization” of the group was driven by the then-new President of Saginaw Valley State University, Dr. Eric Gilbertson.  The group, known as VISION TRI-COUNTY, was composed of community leaders representing Delta College, area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development councils.  The presidents and board chairs from these community groups met on a regular basis, but were still considered an informal ad hoc committee working on issues that affected the entire region.

One of the first initiatives was to attract a minor league baseball team to our region.  Other initiatives included an inter-modal transportation study including Genesee County, MBS International Airport and the Bay area water freight.

The group met with the 11-county Southeast Michigan partnership to look for regional collaboration ideas that focused on economic development.  After three to four years, they contracted a study from McKenna and Associates that identified regional needs to improve economic development.

VISION TRI-COUNTY became more formally organized, with a steering committee and a larger business committee that met regularly throughout the year.  The following were some of VISION TRI-COUNTY’S initiatives:

  •  A study on telecommunication needs and assets available
  •  A study done by Brogan & Associates on brand/name recognition for the region conducted through the MEDC
  • An initial presentation of the original inter-modal study to the MBS Airport Authority   

In 2005, after a few years of inactivity, VISION TRI-COUNTY was re-kindled for a second time and was once again comprised of the Bay, Midland and Saginaw county chambers and economic development organizations. The objective then was to promote economic development for the region by pooling its collective leverage to accomplish success in four general areas - economic development, legislative influence, marketing and promoting the region and leadership development.
After considerable study and creative development, a new name was chosen, and VISION TRI-COUNTY reinvented, became the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance.

Dr. John Lore was selected to be the first president of Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance.  He often explained the value of regionalism by quoting the old adage “Together we are better”.  He decided the Alliance should be able to reach beyond Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties to include Isabella county, areas north of the tri-cities and the expanded Thumb Area.  Dr. Lore projected a vision of “a vibrant expanded region where there is more recreational excitement, more coordinated culture, diverse educational opportunities and accelerated quality of life.”  Dr. Lore retired in 2011 and was succeeded by Terence F. Moore.

Mr. Moore reinforces Dr. Lore’s vision for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance through his consistent message “There is no substitute for people working together.  When they do, magic happens.”  He regularly reinforces the belief that “We must not squander the progress that has been made, nor fail to maximize the potential of our region.”

Mr. Moore received both his Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, and his master’s degree in hospital administration from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

He was selected to lead the Alliance based on his years of leadership skills, demonstrated through his success in leading the growth and development of MidMichigan Health.  He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland 1977-1984 (MidMichigan Health’s largest subsidiary) and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of MidMichigan Health from 1982 to June 2008.  

In addition to his involvement in the medical field, he has also been an active leader in the financial world.  He has been the Director of Chemical Financial Corporation since January 1998 and the Lead Independent Director since April 2011.  Mr. Moore has also been a Director of Chemical Bank and CFC Data Corp. for 17 years.  

He has authored, co-authored or co-edited nine books on the subjects of health care administration, leadership and management.  Mr. Moore has received numerous honors throughout his career including the "Leader of the Year" award from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association for hospital management and governance excellence as well as honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University and Northwood University.  Through the much appreciated continued support from the Bay Area, Midland Area, Mt. Pleasant and Saginaw County Chambers of Commerce, and local businesses, the Great Lakes Bay Region will continue to grow and prosper.