Bob Trezise has been President & CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) since 2011, which represents the Lansing, Michigan region (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties) with an MSA population of nearly a half a million.
Additionally, LEAP is contracted to manage the city of Lansing’s economic development department, including its Brownfield Authority, Tax Increment Finance Authority and the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), as well as for management of Ingham County’s economic development efforts and the Lansing Regional SmartZone (LRSZ).
During Bob’s tenure with LEAP, private sector investment projects have totaled more than $3 billion and have created more than 7,100 direct-private jobs. Projects range from Fortune 500 national corporate headquarters to high-tech, agtech and biotech companies to major mixed-use buildings to large manufacturing plants.
LEAP also operates a robust entrepreneurial business startup program, an equity investment fund and placemaking, diversity and talent initiatives, including creation and support of the Lansing Poet Laureate program. Bob and LEAP’s cutting-edge placemaking efforts have been recognized by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing with the Business Leadership Award, and Bob and the LEAP team were recognized by the US Small Business Administration’s Administrator for outstanding regional entrepreneurial efforts.
In 2011, Bob was recognized by the Michigan Economic Developer’s Association (MEDA) as the Economic Development Medalist of the Year and in 2016 received MEDA’s prestigious President’s Award. Bob’s projects have also, seven times, received the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Gold and Silver Project of the Year award. Bob’s pinnacle project, the $182 million revitalization of the long abandoned, downtown Lansing riverfront “Power Station” into a corporate national headquarters, won the National Brownfield Association’s Region 5 Phoenix Award and was the National #1 Runner Up winner. Most recently, Bob was honored to be selected as one of North America’s 50 Top Economic Developers in 2020 by Consultant Connect, a leading consulting agency focused on bridging the gap between economic developers and site consultants.
In addition to his time at LEAP, Bob has been leading or helping to lead the city of Lansing’s economic development efforts serving as president and CEO from 2006-2011 and leading LEAP’s contract with the city of Lansing since 2011. During that time, the city has experienced massive revitalization ranging in the billions of dollars, thousands of jobs created and with eight straight years of population growth.
From 2001 – 2006, Bob was the Managing Director and creator of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Community Assistance Team (CATeam). Additionally, he was the founder of the Michigan Main Street program and worked on hundreds of community revitalization projects across the entire state. Bob also served as the vice president of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) board and director of Delta Township’s economic development department, where, in both roles, he was part of the successful Keep GM campaign.
Bob grew up in the city of Lansing, is married to Kerri and they have four children. Bob is a proud graduate of Sexton High School in the Lansing School District, James Madison College at Michigan State University and the Public Administration/Public Affairs Graduate program at Western Michigan University. He is also a published poet.