Regional Organizations Join Forces to Develop Five Year Economic Prosperity Action Plan
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
May 6, 2014 Contact: Ross Woodstock
Kolt Communications, Inc.
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Regional Organizations Join Forces to Develop
Five Year Economic Prosperity Action Plan
$155,000 State Grant Helps Launch Unprecedented Regional Initiative
(Lansing, MI) – Six prominent organizations have joined forces in an unprecedented effort that will result in a five year Economic Prosperity Plan. The group includes; Capital Area Michigan Works!, LEAP, Inc., Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. The group was awarded a $155,000 grant from the State of Michigan to convene cooperation across the region and to develop the Economic Prosperity Plan.
“This truly one of the most important regional collaborations in recent years,” said Bob Trezise, president & CEO of LEAP, Inc. “For the first time ever, our region will develop a blueprint that will serve as our action plan for growth.”
The six organizations, which have formed the Greater Lansing Regional Prosperity Initiative, have already developed an action plan for the next nine months which will include a regional summit and work sessions about economic prosperity and discussions with private and public sector businesses and agencies to identify barriers to our region’s prosperity.
“If we are going to build a regional prosperity action plan, it is essential that our process in developing the plan be a model of regional collaboration,” said Tim Daman, president & CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This process will be open, inclusive and transparent.”
The regional summit that is being planned will be structured as a “visioning style” event. Representatives of a broad-based group of regional partners including private sector business leaders will be encouraged to attend and provide input on a wide range of topics that will be used to help shape the vision for the five year Economic Prosperity Plan.
“The regional summit will provide a forum for community members to offer input as to the priorities they feel should be part of our ultimate action plan,” said Susan Pigg, executive director of the Tri County Regional Planning Commission “This is our opportunity to create a unified vision for what we want our region to look like, and to develop strategies to help us achieve that vision.”
The Greater Lansing Regional Prosperity Initiative also intends to create a dashboard to measure and mark progress toward regional economic development goals.
“It is essential for the credibility of this plan that we are about to develop that we establish a report card for the public,” said Mark Burnham, vice president for governmental affairs at Michigan State University. “The dashboard will allow us to measure progress and will provide accountability for the results.”
The Greater Lansing Regional Prosperity Initiative will provide updates and progress reports on the initiative at its regular monthly meetings. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 3pm at the offices of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, which is located at 3135 Pine Tree Road, Lansing. Meetings are open to the public and interested businesses and agencies are encouraged to participate.