In Recognition of Retirement of Debbie Locke-Danielby Representative Debbie Dingell
Posted on 2015-12-16
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Mrs. DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the achievements
of Debbie Locke-Daniel and her many years of service to the City of
Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County. Mrs. Locke-Daniel served as the
President and CEO of the Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
(Visit YPSI) where she used her business acumen to help successfully
market the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor area as a destination for numerous
meetings, events and conventions. Known for her relentless work ethic
and leadership talents, Mrs. Locke-Daniel has enabled the Ypsilanti
area to grow its economy and promote its strengths across Michigan and
Mrs. Locke-Daniel is a true community leader and has served on numerous boards including a leadership role as Past Chair of the MotorCities National Area Partnership which works to cultivate an appreciation for the rich heritage of Michigan's auto industry. Mrs. Locke-Daniel also served as Vice President of the Board for the Ypsilanti Wheels on Meals, which delivers prepared meals to homebound, disabled, and infirmed residents, and earned the 2012 Ypsilanti Kiwanis Community Service Award for her efforts. In addition, she has been a board member of both the Marnee Divine Foundation (Catholic Social Services in Washtenaw County) and the Michigan Firehouse Museum.
Visit YPSI is more than a tourism agency; it is a vehicle for economic and community development. For many years, this organization has awarded grants to small communities such as Manchester, Dexter, and Superior Township. These grants have been used to create town entry signs, public maps, and [[Page E1807]] landscaping alterations with the hope of increased tourism activity. Without Mrs. Locke-Daniel's vision and stewardship of funds, many communities would not have had the ability to further their own economic growth projects which is critical to the success of our region.
One of the remarkable achievements of Visit YPSI was its receipt of the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program designation. This international accreditation recognizes entities for their high level performance in destination marketing and management. To date, only one percent of convention and visitors bureaus within Michigan, and seven percent nationally, have earned this prestigious recognition.
Mrs. Locke-Daniel was largely responsible for forming a team which was able to create a body of work that met such stringent international standards. Described as the ultimate team player, the success of Visit YPSI has been attributed to her ability to empower staff to seek creative solutions and grow within their positions.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me today to honor and congratulate Mrs. Debbie Locke-Daniel on her retirement and years of service to her community. Although she will be missed, her achievements will continue to have a positive impact on our community for years to come.