economic development

image of Lansing City Council member Carol Wood
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing City Council has been spinning its wheels recently, stuck over who its President and Vice-President will be for 2017.

WKAR’s Mark Bashore got to wondering what council members are most eager to get to work on now that the matter is settled. 

He spoke with long-time council member, and newly elected council Vice President,  Carol Wood.

LEAP's Trezise on Red Cedar project, Trump, Bernero

Jan 19, 2017
Bob Trezise portrait
David Trumpie / Lansing Economic Area Partnership

WKAR recently sat down for a conversation with Lansing’s top economic development official, Bob Trezise.

The conversation began with his update on Lansing's multi-million dollar 'Red Cedar Renaissance' project.

Front of Lansing's Radisson Hotel
Mark Bashore / WKAR-MSU

Lansing's top economic developer calls it a "10 on a scale of 10."

Bob Trezise--CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, or LEAP--is referring to a unique opportunity.

In a year, an agreement limiting competition for downtown's Radisson Hotel comes to an end.

WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Trezise about what it means.

Vacant buildings in downtown East Lansing.
Mark Bashore / WKAR-MSU

Although particular challenges remain, East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows remains hopeful about the latest proposal to develop a decaying portion of the city’s downtown.



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It’s hard to tell with all the new snow, but we’re three weeks away from  the “Crosstown Showdown” home opener between the Lansing Lugnuts and the MSU Spartans. Yesterday, Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and city leaders announced plans for a $22-million development at Cooley Law School Stadium.

New Prima Civitas chief seeks to enhance mission

Mar 6, 2014
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Since 2006, East Lansing's Prima Civitas has been a catalyst for economic and community development --initially in mid-Michigan and eventually across the state.  The non-profit brings together business owners, entrepreneurs and Michigan State University resources to spark economic growth.

Jones Soda honors Michigan with new line

Aug 20, 2013


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The concept of microfinance -- essentially small loans given to entrepreneurs who are too little or too under-funded to qualify for traditional bank loans -- has exploded in the developing world. 

One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called Kiva, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members. About two years ago, with the help of Michigan Corps, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, Kiva became the first microfinance effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded Kiva’s platform into Flint.

Entrepreneurship efforts expanding in Michigan

May 15, 2013

Economic developers in Michigan suggest there may be a silver lining to the Great Recession and the state’s well-documented decline in manufacturing.  Some point to a greater awareness of entrepreneurialism and to more interest in small business start-ups around the state. 

#lovelansing: Community-building in the 21st century

Feb 11, 2013

A unique community has evolved around the #lovelansing Twitter hashtag. It started as a way for Lansing-lovers to tweet the places they go and things they do. It’s now full of retail and restaurant specials, sure, but also links to Lansing State Journal articles, cultural events, and it’s even been used to rally volunteers during a holiday shortage of meal deliverers.

Early users Robin Miner-Swartz and Belinda Thurston discuss the evolution of the #lovelansing hashtag.

When people think of  Michigan's economy, their minds likely don't turn to art.

However, a new report may get Michigan's creative sector a second look. The non-profit organization ArtServe released its second annual “Creative State Michigan” study last week. The report suggests that creative and cultural enterprises have a positive effect on the state’s economy.

Current State #12 | January 29, 2013

Jan 29, 2013
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Today on Current State: Coverage of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's "State of the City" address, a tour of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, MIRS' Craig Mauger discusses his lengthy interview with House Speaker Jase Bolger, and the economic impact of Michigan's public universities.

Current State #2 | January 15, 2013

Jan 15, 2013
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On today's Current State: Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski discusses guns, we also highlight economic development in Lansing, pianist Minsoo Sohn and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

Lansing Has Plan for Expanded Red Cedar Project

Aug 13, 2012
WKAR file photo

A review team has selected a development plan for Lansing's so-called Red Cedar Renaissance project.

WKAR file photo

Some Democrats at the state Capitol say Michigan should offer loans instead of grants to help businesses that want to break into the alternative energy field.