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Mero Lansing’s Fashion Incubator, The Runway, Announces Statewide Resource Center

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Mero Lansing’s Fashion Incubator, The Runway, Announces Statewide Resource Center
Lansing Community College Fashion Program, Michigan Garment Industry Council
& Creative Many join as tenants and resources

LANSING, MI -The Runway is pleased to announce new partnerships
with Lansing Community College (LCC), Creative Many and the
Michigan Garment Industry Council (MGIC) today as part of the
Runway First Year celebration event. The Runway, which is the State
of Michigan’s premier fashion and design incubator, is adding this
new resource center to provide designers-in-residence and associate
designers with programming to help them further their businesses.

“The Runway’s new partnerships and expanded programming are yet
another innovative economic development initiative that will help us
attract and retain top creative talent to the city and the metro Lansing
region,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. “We’re building an
exciting new industry here in Lansing that will drive innovation and
entrepreneurship for years to come. Congratulations to LEAP, LCC
and all of the partners who are helping us make it happen.”

The LCC fashion program is joining The Runway as an anchor tenant
on the first floor of the Knapp’s Centre in downtown Lansing in an
effort to enhance what the program offers to its students as well as to
Runway designers. The Runway will serve as the headquarters for the
MGIC and one of two locations for Creative Many.

LCC students will have access to internship opportunities with
Runway designers, sophisticated equipment and technology and
exposure to programming that highlights local professionals in the
Lansing region. For Runway members, Creative Many, MGIC, and
LCC’s presence on-site will mean another invaluable resource for
them to take advantage of, especially as their businesses start to grow.

“This partnership offers LCC students a rare opportunity, that up
until now, has only been available to the largest fashion programs in
the largest cities in the United States – New York City, Chicago, San
Francisco, Seattle and Philadelphia. Fashion incubators are created to
offer mentorship, networking opportunities, professional development
and sometimes studio space,” said Christine Conner, program faculty
chair of the Fashion Technologies program at Lansing Community
College.


“The Runway is evolving. The Runway is designed to help startups
launch their businesses by connecting them with programming,
educational opportunities and resources, while providing access to
our network of local industry leaders. Our focus will be more on
resource development and programming to better meet the needs
of the entrepreneurs in our region,” said Quin Stinchfield, business
incubation manager at Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)
and manager of The Runway.


“Every economic development decision LEAP makes revolves
around elevating the Lansing region and the State of Michigan
to compete globally with the rest of the world and The Runway
will help us continue to do this,” added Bob Trezise, president and
CEO of LEAP.


For more information about The Runway, contact Quin Stinchfield,
LEAP’s business incubation manager who runs and operates
the fashion and design incubator, at quin@purelansing.com or
(517) 230-2942. You may also visit runwaylansing.com.


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