Go Great Foundation's Missions + Goals:

The Great Lakes Bay Region Quality of Life Council, aka Go Great Foundation, serves as the fiduciary providing funds for tourism economic development projects and activities within Bay, Midland and Saginaw Counites that are facilitated by the three County Convention and Visitors Bureau organizations. The mission of the Go Great Foundation is to benefit the citizens and guests of Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region by identifying and remediating gaps within the leisure time activity and sense of place space. This is accomplished through product development efforts, services and education. Projects are identified that serve to improve the quality of life and sense of place for regional citizens, guests/visitors and also serves to attract talent and retain our citizenry.

Note: Sense of place is important for both residents and visitors alike. Sense of place is a facet of quality of life and includes characteristics and perceptions that people have about their community. Tourism Economic Development puts forth efforts to improve the sense of place, thus improving the quality of life for the residents and visitors and improving community perception.
 

 

From the “Reinstated Bylaws of Great Lakes Bay Region Quality of Life Council”:

Our Purpose:

The purposes for which the Council is organized are as follows:

A The Council is organized exclusively for scientific, educational, economic development, and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.  The Council is organized and at all times shall be operated exclusively for the benefit of, and to perform the functions of, or to carry out the charitable purposes of Great Lakes Bay Region Quality of Life Council, a Michigan nonprofit corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a) of the Code, as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code. The purposes of the corporation are to benefit the citizens of the Great Lakes Bay Area in the State of Michigan through collaboration with other organizations with assessments, identifying and promoting projects within the Great Lakes Bay Area that would improve the quality of life for its citizens, prompting awareness among its citizens and outsiders regarding the benefits of projects that improve the quality of life, and other charitable activities within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.

B To promote the following interest and engage in the following activities within the Great Lakes Bay Area and Saginaw Watershed:

1. Promote the development and protection of clean air, clean water, recreation, tourism, and quality of life resources.

2. Promote the efficient use of man-made and natural resources through planning management practices.

3. Provide a clearing house and a forum for review for proposed projects, both private and governmental, which may impact the environment.

4. Educate the public regarding the protection and preservation of environmental resources, quality of life, and tourism opportunities.

C To engage in any and all other charitable, educational, economic development, and scientific activities authorized by the law of the State of Michigan, and which are conducted in a manner consistent with the provisions of Sections 501(c)(3), 509(a)(2) and 509(a)(3) of the Code, and which are in furtherance of, or in support of the charitable purposes of the Great Lakes Bay Region Quality of Life Council.

D To own, operate or manage facilities or other assets in furtherance of the charitable purposes of Great Lakes Bay Region Quality of Life Council.

E  To conduct activities, either directly, through or in cooperation with organizations exempt from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code in order to raise funds to further the purposes of the Council, subject, however, to all limitations on the nature or extent of such activities applicable, from time to time, to organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.

To acquire, own, dispose of and deal with real and personal property and interests therein, and to apply gifts, grants, bequests and devises, and the proceeds thereof in furtherance of the purposes of the Council.

Board + Staff:

Scott Carmona – Board of Director Trustee
    Sunrise National Distributors, Inc.: Principal Owner
    Multiple real estate development companies:  Owner
    Numerous professional and community leadership roles
    Former member of SVSU Board of Control
    Former director of Bay County CVB    

Nancy Parker – Board of Director Trustee
    Saginaw Children’s Zoo:  Executive Director
    Numerous community leadership roles
    Former chair of Saginaw County CVB & Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB

Tim Shelton – Board of Director Trustee
    DML Management, Inc.:  Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Revenue Management
    Numerous professional and community leadership roles
    Current chair of Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB and Midland County CVB
    Current director of Saginaw County CVB
    Former chair of Bay County CVB

Annette M. Rummel, Ph. D. – Board of Director Trustee/CEO
    CEO of Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB, Bay County CVB, Midland County CVB and Saginaw County CVB
    Former President of Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and CVB
    Former Travel Information Director of Circle Michigan
    Numerous professional and community leadership roles

Ann Doyle – Foundation Staff
    Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB: Technical Lead/Grant Writer 
    Former Saginaw County Commissioner
    Former business co-owner of a real estate appraisal company and bowling center
    Co-founder/former President of Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society nonprofit organization
    Numerous professional and community leadership roles