Timebanks have been cropping up in cities across the country. Very loosely, participants trade work hours in an effort to build a better community. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, and Edge Brussel, coordinator of the new Lansing Timebank, as well as Stephanie Rearick, co-director of the thriving Dane County Timebank in Madison, Wisc., tell us what’s involved.
Starting in 2005, General Motors closed several of its mid-Michigan factories, including Lansing Car Assembly and the Craft Centre. The economic blow was devastating to thousands of families who had given generations of service to America’s auto industry. Now, a new task force is working to bring families, businesses and neighborhoods together to plant new seeds in those vacant brownfields.
Economic developers have their sights on what they’re calling a “burgeoning” part of Michigan’s economy—the garment industry. East Lansing’s Prima Civitas Foundation wants to connect scattered designers and manufacturers and morph them into a greater economic force.