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David Hollister  

Former Mayor of Lansing & Co-author of "Second Shift"

David C. Hollister began his career as a high school teacher in the 1960s after graduating from Michigan State University (MSU). He was elected to the Ingham County Commission in 1968 and was a state representative from 1974 to 1993.

In 1993, Hollister ran a successful campaign for mayor of the City of Lansing and was re-elected to his third term in a landslide victory in November 2001.

During this three terms as Lansing’s mayor, Hollister facilitated the construction of the new regional transportation center downtown, brought minor league baseball to Lansing, and created a partnership with the State of Michigan that resulted in new buildings for the Legislature and the Supreme Court. 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.

Hollister also was the founder and former CEO of Prima Civitas Foundation, a Lansing non-profit that supports a regional approach to boosting Michigan's economy. The organization promotes life sciences, advanced manufacturing, alternative energy and homeland security.

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David Hollister Talks About Second Shift, GM, And Lansing

Hosted by Tomas Hult, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with David Hollister, former mayor of Lansing, Michigan, from 1994 to 2003, after which he served as Director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth...

Dave Hollister: 'I thought I would be a minister'

LANSING - David Hollister turned a crisis into an opportunity for Lansing. In 1996, General Motors Co., announced that when the last Oldsmobile Alero came off the line in 2004, GM would leave Lansing. Business and employees alike forecast disaster for the region with the loss of 15,000 GM jobs and tax revenues. Then-mayor Hollister was spurred to advocacy...

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