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State of Michigan Awards Grant to Tri-County Prosperity Region for 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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State of Michigan Awards Grant to Tri-County Prosperity Region for 2015

The Michigan Dept. of Technology, Management, and Budget has awarded grant dollars to Prosperity Region 7-composed of Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties-for the second year of Gov. Snyder's Regional Prosperity Initiative.

Lansing, February 23, 2015: The six organizations of the Greater Lansing Regional Prosperity Initiative (GLRPI)-Capital Area Michigan Works!, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP, Inc.), Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC)-were elated to receive a $228,750 Regional Collaboration Grant from the State of Michigan. With this grant, they will complete the work started in 2014 to promote regional growth and prosperity with grant-funded planning and development projects.

The renewed grant will enable community leaders to continue to grow their partnership. "The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce was pleased to partner last year with several other organizations with the purpose of exploring innovative strategies for driving regional prosperity," said Tim Daman, President & CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber. "Receiving the Regional Prosperity Grant again will allow us to continue developing a regional vision and long-term agenda for growing the Greater Lansing region."

After a very successful 2014, the group will expand on current projects, including an expanded reach of the October 2014 CATALYST: Capital Region Prosperity Project to Clinton, Ingham, and Eaton Counties; further development of a 5-Year Prosperity Plan; expansion of the MICapitalRegion.com dashboard deliverables; and finally, the continuation of monthly meetings engaging economic professionals and governmental entities in economic prosperity discussions.

The CATALYST: Capital Region Prosperity Project engaged 275 entrepreneurs and community leaders from Mid-Michigan and beyond in work sessions and goal-setting. It acted as a jumpstart to finding where we want to be as a region and will continue to with the renewed grant money. "The momentum of Lansing metro is producing global-type results in job creation, number of new companies and population growth, and it's also producing a higher degree of regional cooperation than ever before," said Bob Trezise, President & CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership. The GLRPI intends to continue this conversation, gaining more input from all three counties on what regional prosperity is to them; they will be moving this show on the road with events in Clinton, Ingham, and Eaton Counties. This will also be the topic of the monthly meetings with the Lansing Tri-County Regional Economic Partnership (LTREP), LEAP, and TCRPC as they jointly convene as the GLRPI on the third Thursday of each month at 3 p.m., at varied locations (posted on MICapitalRegion.com). Meetings are open to the public and interested businesses and agencies are encouraged to participate, the next being March 19, 2015 at the office of the TCRPC Large Conference Room located at 3135 Pine Tree Road, Lansing, MI 48911.

MICapitalRegion.com, the regional dashboard developed by GLRPI, has seen 400 visitors since its unveiling in October 2014, and has proven to be an asset as the go-to site to track our region's progress towards prosperity. It measures where we are at, so we can set goals and have a realistic view of where we stand in the areas of economy, financial health, education, talent, physical health, environment, culture and lifestyle. In 2015, MICapitalRegin.com will measure even more and information will continue to be updated so we can continue to follow progress.

Follow GLRPI's progress, as well as the progress of the 5-Year Prosperity Plan, and get information about future regional events at www.MICapitalRegion.com. There, you will see upcoming schedules and the products of 2014 on display.

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