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Saginaw chamber discusses future of downtown

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A Mid-Michigan woman was honored on Friday for her work with the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce.

"It's wonderful. The Saginaw Chamber is such a wonderful organization," said Martha Zehnder Keller, honoree. "There is so much energy. I'm sure you can feel it when you're with all the people in this room."

The group held their annual meeting in Frankenmuth. Morley president and CEO Paul Furlo gave the keynote address.

"[I] look forward to continuing to grow in this region. As you know, we've got over 2,000 associates right here in the county and the Great Lakes Bay Region is a great place to do business and a place that's been a real competitive advantage for us to be located from," Furlo said.

The chamber president, Bob Van Deventer, said he's excited about the possible changes coming to downtown Saginaw.

"The Delta College project is a big project. If and when the funding gets approved, which we expect that maybe to happen in June of this year, and when the campus is completed and they have students walking around campus, we're going to have 1,200 in downtown Saginaw," Van Deventer said.

He said a college campus in the heart of the city could continue the positive momentum that downtown Saginaw has been building for years.

"It's going to change the face of other things that we need. More coffee shops. More places for lunch. More places for breakfast. Support all the other shops that are there already," he said.

As for Zehnder Keller, she said she looks forward to continuing her hard work for the people of the community.

"When they say it's a great place to live, work, play here in the Saginaw region, the Great Lakes Bay Region, it truly is," she said.

Van Deventer also said the group is looking at how to increase shipping on the Saginaw River, as well as exploring how to raise more money for transportation.

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