Lansing Regional SmartZone

The Lansing Regional SmartZone (LRSZ) is a cooperative effort with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to stimulate the growth of technology-based businesses in the Lansing Region. The LRSZ is a partnership between the City of East Lansing, City of Lansing, Ingham County and Michigan State University.

The SmartZone provides the support services needed to build high-tech companies and empower entrepreneurs to build successful technology business. The LRSZ is a dynamic organization of leaders from all backgrounds and business sectors, and has locations in MSU University Corporate Research Park, downtown East Lansing and downtown Lansing.

The SmartZone focuses on attracting, creating and expanding businesses in the fields of life sciences, advanced manufacturing and information technology. Special attention is given to help firms capitalize on research and technical resources at Michigan State University.

The LRSZ offers:

  • Incubation, office, dry and wet lab space
  • Network of business, professional and technical services
  • Access to university resources, including technical research equipment and laboratories
  • Linkages to sources of knowledge and expertise via the university and private industry resources
  • Business development services and resources that are technical, managerial, financial, legal or intellectual in nature, specific to the emerging businesses’ needs
  • Commercialization assistance
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Preparation for access and presentations to investors

2022 Meetings

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Meetings are hosted in the LEAP Conference Room located at: 1000 S Washington Avenue, Ste. 201 Lansing, MI  48910, when restrictions are lifted. Please direct any questions regarding participation in this meeting to Joe Carr at 517-702-3387.

Past Meetings

2021 Meetings

Friday, December 31, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

2020 Meetings

December 18, 2020
September 25, 2020
July 22, 2020
June 26, 2020
May 21, 2020
April 24, 2020
January 31, 2020

2019 Meetings

2018 Meetings

December 11, 2018
October 23, 2018

2021-2022 LDFA Board

  • Luke Hackney, Chair, City of East Lansing
  • James Tischler, Vice Chair, City of Lansing
  • Benjamin Bakken, Treasurer, Lansing Community College
  • Jessy Gregg, Secretary, City of East Lansing
  • Teri Bernero, Lansing School District
  • Thomas Fehrenbach, City of East Lansing
  • Charles Hasemann, MSU, City of East Lansing
  • Jon Laing, Lansing School District
  • Dori Leyko, East Lansing Public Schools
  • Brian McGrain, City of Lansing
  • Richard Pugh, East Lansing Public Schools
  • Derrell SlaughterIngham County
  • David Washburn, MSU Foundation