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Ingham County Signs Contract With LEAP For Economic Development Services

Latest Economic Development Contract Contributes To Unified Regional Service Model

LANSING, Mich. – With a confident move toward expanding regional cooperation, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a contract with the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) for economic development services. For several decades, business, political, and economic development leaders have desired a more unified economic development strategy for the Lansing region. The LEAP-Ingham County agreement will strengthen regional and county efforts to create more jobs and assist business startups and business investment. In addition to the new Ingham County contract, LEAP has been contracted by the city of Lansing for economic development services since 2012. During this time, LEAP projects have created more than 4,000 direct jobs and $1.6 billion in private investment across the region.

“LEAP’s contract with Ingham County is another huge step toward optimizing and aligning economic development opportunities across the region, ”said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “To the rest of the world, the Tri-County Area is perceived as one region. Internally, this contract represents a shift in the way we see ourselves as well. One region, working together to create jobs, investment, opportunity, and at the end of the day, happier people. LEAP thanks and recognizes the innovative leadership of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners Chair Sarah Anthony, the entire board, and Controller Tim Dolehanty.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Ingham County will pay LEAP $115,000 annually in exchange for the economic development services of LEAP’s 13 person team beginning in January of 2018. LEAP will fully continue regional services to the entire three county region, Regional SmartZone, and city of Lansing contracts. In addition to the approval of the contract, the Board of Commissioners also approved board Chair Sarah Anthony to serve as a member of LEAP’s Board of Directors.

“This agreement between Ingham County and LEAP will provide enhanced economic development services to our entire county while saving the county money”, said Ingham County Board of Commissioners Chair Sarah Anthony. “We want our citizens and communities to thrive, and regional cooperation like this model will get the job done.”

Several regions around the state have operated for decades with great effectiveness under the auspices of regional economic development agencies. Services to Ingham County will include: management of the Ingham EDC, the Ingham Brownfield Authority, and the six community/Ingham County contract for services of Vevay Township DDA, Dansville DDA, Leslie LDFA, Williamston EDC, and Mason LDFA.

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About LEAP

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all—working every day to grow, retain and attract business.