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July 2014: Economic Sustainability

Jeff and Sara discuss talk about sustainable communities. Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future , discusses globalization and technology and their impact on the economy. Lou also speaks about the State Policies Matter report that compares Michigan to Minnesota. Brian McGrain, Ingham County Commissioner, talks about the demographics and... Read More ›

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June 2014: Makers Network

Jeff and Sara discuss programs happening in Lansing helping artists and talk about product manufacturing in Michigan with Vice President of Shinola, Jennifer Guarino. Rebecca Clark, owner of Michigan Fashion Proto, discusses the apparel industry in Michigan.  Brian Adams, president of Lansing Makers Network, and Nick Kwiatkowski, member o... Read More ›

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May 2014: International Talent

Jeff and Sara discuss Michigan's recognition from the national audience as a strong state for entrepreneurs. They talk about the work they have been doing with youth entrepreneur. Karen Phillippi, Deputy Director, Office for New Americans at State of Michigan explains how Michigan is attracting new talent and breaking down international border... Read More ›

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April 2014: Entrepreneurship

Jeff and Sara discuss the Hatching and the new mentoring segment of this program,  the outfield project at the Cooley Law School Stadium, and the Michigan EB-5 program.. Guests include Jeff Henry, Operations Manager of The Runway, and Steven L. Willobee, LEED AP, Director, Business Development, LEAP.

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February 2014: SXSW & Technology

Jeff Smith speaks with Sara Graham, Director, Talent & Communications, about SXSW. They explain what the staff from LEAP and other organizations are doing at this event. Jeff also speaks with Tony Willis. manager of business acceleration with Lansing Economic Area Partnership, about his background prior to joining the staff at LEAP. Q... Read More ›

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January 2014: Launched 2013

From the Launched 2013 event, Jeff Smith discusses some of recent projects LEAP has been working on. Jeff Smith speak with Chris Holman, CEO,, about the Michigan Future Business Index.  Paul Jaques, Director of Student & Community Engagement, Spartan Innovations, talks about how he became involved with this... Read More ›

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October 2013: International Economic Development

Bob discusses the recent International Economic Development Council's meeting in Philadelphia. Bob speaks with Ken Szymusiak, Co-Director, New Economy Division, Lansing Economic Area Partnership, about the recent trends in economic development. Ken discusses partnering between like-minded cities to enter into a international market. Bob a... Read More ›

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August 2013: Michigan's Fashion Industry

Bob and co-host Ken Szymusiak, Co-Director of the New Economy Division at LEAP, discuss the michigan economy, the fashion industry with Jeff Henry of Lansing's Runway Incubator about Fashion industry, They also speak with Lauren Aitch, Co Owner and head Designer at Our Own Products about the Fashion industry, Rebecca Clark, and Kim Hoyle of Mi... Read More ›

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July 2013: Agricultural Innovation

Bob discusses some career opportunities for students graduating from colleges. Karl Dorshimer, Director of Economic Development at LEAP, Lansing, MI, talks about agriculture development. Joan Nelson, Director of Allen Neighborhood Center and Allen Street Food Hub, Lansing, MI, talks about what the food Hub includes and how it provides for... Read More ›

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June 2013: Talent Attraction

Bob Speaks With Andrea Kerbuski, Chief Communications Officer at Capital Area Michigan Works!, Lansing, MI, about talent and getting involved to make a large impact in the area. Bob Speaks With Darcy Kerr, Vice President of Human Resources at Accident Fund, Lansing, MI, about competing for talent everyday, and how much of an issue this is for ... Read More ›

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