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Talent Magnet Lansing: Five Ways to Create More Vibrant Spaces in our Region

The stakes are high when it comes to creating places where top talent want to live and work. As competition for talented workers intensifies, cultivating attractive communities can make or break economic success — especially in Michigan, which faces at least a decade and a half of older workers leaving the workforce at a faster rate than younger workers will enter. Many placemaking efforts are already underway in the Tri-County Region, including Rotary Park along the riverfront, which is expected to be complete in summer 2019. But the ...

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Benefits of Investing in an Opportunity Zone: Q & A With Urban Systems

LEAP's Lansing Corridor Improvement Specialist Anum Mughal sat down with Urban Systems, a dynamic and growing development company located in Lansing, Michigan, to talk about the benefits Opportunity Zones offer developers, and how the company envisions using Opportunity Zones to bring innovative and unique projects to the Lansing region.

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LEAP in Italy: Torino

Today I presented to 10 Italian companies with interest in doing business in North America from the Lansing Region.  It is wonderful to tout our region to successful professionals who are excited about things that we generally take for granted; we are making a difference.  One highlight was presenting in a room that was designed and built over 400 years ago. Another was meeting with one of the most successful incubation organizations at the Polytechnic University in Torino.  I was awestruck by the magical alchemy between honori...

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LEAP in Italy: Rome

Two days of flurried business with a little fun sprinkled in.  Sunday, we met with "The Local" (Rome newspaper) who will be doing a story on LEAP's efforts to help the local economy by exporting products and ingenuity to North America through the LANSING region.  The depressed economy and corrupt politics wants for an opportunity like the LANSING region offers. Also, we met with an entrepreneur working with Purdue University on a start up project that I think, Michigan State University and LEAP can support. Details to follow. Monda...

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History Made at the Hatching’s One-Year Anniversary

On Wednesday, June 25th, around 75 people gathered in the event space at Beggar’s Banquet to watch four new business ideas be presented for the chance to win $1000. This event, called the Hatching, is a monthly contest where anyone can submit a business idea, where it then gets voted on, and the top 5 ideas are allowed to pitch to a live audience. They then have the potential to win a $1000 grant in seed funding to begin their startup. The month of June was the Hatching’s one-year anniversary and to say it went well would be an un...

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LEAP 2013 Year End Report

In 2013, your new Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) has helped the private sector create 2,105 direct, private sector jobs and $466,824,000 direct, private sector investment. Those are historic numbers for Greater Lansing. And they do not include the counting of very important multiplier effects, indirect jobs or construction jobs. In the first two years of the new LEAP (2012 and 2013), we have provided critical, value-added assistance to job creators resulting in 2,885 direct, private sector jobs and $565,064,000 in direct, private sec...

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Say Yes to the Future

At LEAP, we have wide open debates and discussions, all the time, about future trends in economic development and how it will impact political/economic policy. In particular, we talk about technological advancements. Fundamentally, all of these discussions are about how we, as a society, as an economic system and as a political body, are anticipating and managing (or not) inevitable technological change. When discussing big change, fear can overcome the conversation. “What can go wrong” can begin to dominate the discussion rather t...

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Fall in Michigan

Hi Everyone,  How can one not feel good and positive right now?! The beauty of this fall week is Michigan at its best. Warm days, beautiful breezes, cool nights, exploding colors - perfect for the soul. Our Detroit Tigers won with a legendary performance by Verlander last night, MSU Football keeps winning with Homecoming this weekend and MSU Basketball’s team is now practicing (November 12th in Chicago against Kentucky- The game cannot come fast enough!). Remember, “It’s fun to have fun, you just have to know how.&rdqu...

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Local small business reflect growing opportunities in the Healthcare industry

Insurance, government, advanced manufacturing, technology – The Lansing region is known for having many strong industries in terms of job growth and innovation. Among them is an extremely vibrant health care sector. Try to drive past Sparrow Hospital and McLaren not notice the economic impact of these health care systems who are among the largest employers in our region. Add Hayes Green Beach and their Al!ve Wellness Center in Charlotte to the list, as well as Michigan State University’s medical school – one can see the opport...

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Labor Day and Safe Travels

Hello Everyone! Enjoy the Labor Day holiday and safe travels. And GO State at its first football game of the year, a night game nationally televised. Personally, I am seeing a 10-2 record and a whipping of UM at home. I had the privilege of spending most of a day this summer with four of MSU’s star basketball players, teaching and talking about our economic development efforts. What a bunch of great and smart guys. But it also reminded me, including for tonight’s football game, that they are just kids! Let’s encourage them to ...

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