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LEAP PROTO Accelerator Graduate Black Pine Scores Again

High-Tech Manufacturing Startup Launched in Lansing Places at Statewide Pitch Competition LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing region and Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem was well represented at the Aug. 13 Manu-Tech Night pitch competition hosted by Lean Rocket Labs in Jackson, Michigan. Top players in the Michigan startup accelerator eco...

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Lansing Region Identified as One of America’s Most Educated Communities

Lansing-East Lansing Places Ahead of Chicago, Des Moines and Other Key Metros  LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing-East Lansing metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was recently named as one of America’s most educated cities by personal finance web service WalletHub, landing at No. 22 on their annual Most and Least Educated Cities index. ...

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LEAP Helps Village of Dansville Acquire MSHDA Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant

Grant Will Revitalize Key Community Asset and Assist Vulnerable Populations with Home Improvement LANSING, Mich. – Blighted structures leave psychological impact anywhere, but the effect is quickly amplified in small communities, communities like the Village of Dansville. A point noted by Village leaders and the Ingham County Economic Develo...

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Farnum Building Brownfield Plan Heads to City Council for Consideration

$20 Million Investment Intends to Revive Building in the Heart of Downtown Lansing LANSING, Mich. – A pivotal property in the heart of downtown Lansing is moving toward redevelopment. The Farnum Building is located at 123 W. Allegan Street and was constructed in 1959. The building has been vacant since 2016. Lansing city council will receive...

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Sitting in the Middle of Opportunity: Lansing, Michigan

By Andi Crawford This article is an extended version of an op-ed published in the Lansing State Journal on May 30, 2019. Andi Crawford is Director of the Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement for the city of Lansing. Whether you call it the Rust Belt (a term that came out of the 1984 Presidential Campaign), Productivity Belt, Manufac...

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Innovating in Insurance with PROTO Accelerator

  On June 4, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) board of directors heard from members of PROTO Accelerator’s inaugural PROTO InsurTech cohort, Ron Shalit of Israel’s Supportomate, Declan Trumble of Ireland’s KudosHealth and Alex Devoto of England’s LVLFi. Tony Willis, LEAP’s director of new economy and ...

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Lansing Named Third Best Metro in the Nation for Sustainable Development by Site Selection Magazine

Lansing named among top economic development powerhouses for sustainable development LANSING, Mich. – Lansing-East Lansing was named the third best metro in the nation for sustainable development in Site Selection Magazine’s 2019 Sustainability Rankings, among other Midwestern powerhouses like Grand Rapids-Wyoming and Minneapolis-St. P...

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LEAP Updates Organizational Structure, Welcomes New Staff in Support of Strategic Vision

LEAP Updates Organizational Structure, Welcomes New Staff in Support of Strategic Vision LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) has been moving forward with the implementation of the LEAP Forward strategic plan, approved by the LEAP board in 2018. Throughout the first half of 2019, LEAP has been restructuring to ...

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LEAP and PNC Foundation Grant Helps Reinvent Grand Avenue Parking Structure with New Permanent Public Art

Colorful Mural Creates Welcoming Beacon in Downtown Lansing LANSING, Mich. – Enrobed in sweeping bursts of color, a new permanent Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) funded public art piece is transforming a drab parking lot tower into a downtown Lansing landmark. “Let Me In” is a new mural funded with help from a LEAP and P...

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$600,000 EPA Grant To Jump-start Site Development Throughout Lansing Region

Regional Coalition Led by LEAP through City of Lansing Secures Critical Grant to Assess Contaminated Properties Throughout Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), with the City of Lansing as the lead applicant, has once again led a coalition of regional partners including the City of ...

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