Campground Owners Attend MARVAC Meeting
Nearly four dozen people attended the 5th Annual Campground Industry Meeting last week hosted by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) at the state association’s offices outside of Lansing.
The full agenda included an update on political issues affecting Michigan campgrounds as well as a presentation by Don Westphal, whose Rochester Hills, Mich.-based firm is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on manufactured home community design. Westphal offered advice on how current campground owners could best expand their parks as well as provided a snapshot of what it would take to develop an RV park from scratch.
“Once again it was a good conference that was well attended with a number of educational presentations,” summed up MARVAC Executive Director Bill Sheffer.
Other agenda topics and speakers included: “Rules & Regulation Update” by Jeremy Hoeh, David Graves, and Sarah Rotters for the state Department of Environmental Quality, the state agency overseeing Michigan’s private campgrounds; a presentation on the Michigan.org website by Kelly Wolgamott of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., which oversees the state’s tourism outreach efforts, including the Pure Michigan campaign; a “Legislative Update” by John Lindley of Public Affairs Associates, the lobbying firm retained by MARVAC; and “Legally Speaking — Ask the Attorney” by William Perrone and Jason Hanselman of Dykema, the legal firm retained by MARVAC.
In a related note, it was announced that Perrone, MARVAC’s longtime attorney, would be retiring at the end of this year and that Hanselman would be succeeding him.