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LEAP Unveils the Southwest Lansing Economic Development Action Plan at Town Hall Meeting

New plan to help improve business and boost the local economy in Southwest Lansing

LANSING, Mich. – After six months of public participation and work by the diverse community of Southwest City of Lansing, a new economic development action plan will be unveiled in a public town hall meeting, this evening, Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Alfreda Schmidt South Lansing Community Center (5825 Wise Road, Lansing, MI 48911) gymnasium at 6 p.m. Pizza and pop will be served. The public is welcome to attend a presentation that will unveil the results of the Southwest City of Lansing economic development action plan and discuss the next steps of implementation.

“I am appreciative to Governor Snyder, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), but most importantly to the hundred plus people of Southwest Lansing who came together, over six months, to strategize new ideas and action steps to maximize the many diverse growth opportunities that indeed exist, ready to be optimized, in Southwest Lansing. I am bullish on Southwest Lansing and south Lansing overall,” said Mayor Virg Bernero.

The $50,000 grant, awarded by the MEDC to pay for the development of the Southwest Lansing action plan, was the product of a Governor Snyder and MEDC initiative, through LEAP. The initiative sought to identify one geographic area of the greater Lansing region that was experiencing extra development challenges and was in need of enhanced planning and economic development assistance. The project was managed by local consultant Kuntzsch Solutions, LEAP and a diverse Southwest Lansing steering committee.

“The action plan is very good. More importantly, I think it represents new energy for Southwest Lansing. The plan’s done an excellent job of raising awareness among all about the growth opportunities in Southwest Lansing. The process allowed us to bring together many diverse individuals and groups who didn’t know one another too well and to make new coordination efforts that are sure to benefit growth in the Southwest Lansing area. The most exciting part is that this action plan is just the start,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP.

The action plan includes a market study. It also identifies priority issues and areas for development. Finally, the plan mainly focuses on implementation steps which includes work to develop a localized organizational leadership structure for the area, infrastructure improvements, arts and culture possibilities, new entrepreneurial strategies and new grant/investment partnership, focusing on the Holmes Road/Pleasant Grove intersection, in particular a former school building recently purchased for development by the Tabernacle of David Church.

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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.