In This Issue:
- Four Weeks Until the General Election
- Help Us Make Sure Our Candidates Win on Nov. 8
- Tri-County Public Transit Agencies Launch Unprecedented Partnership to Enhance Regional Mobility
- Capital Region International Airport Awarded Economic Development Grant
Four Weeks Until the General Election
We are officially four weeks away from the Nov. 8 general election. In this 2022 regional election guide, the Lansing Regional Chamber-Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC) provides helpful state and local resources on voting, who’s running for election, and ballot proposals. Additionally, the LRC-PAC has outlined its 2022 endorsed candidates and encourages you to learn more about each candidate.
Help Us Make Sure Our Candidates Win on Nov. 8
All politics is local, and the Lansing Regional Chamber-Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC) is the region’s business political action committee that focuses exclusively on races in the Greater Lansing region. The LRC-PAC works to elect local officials to city councils, township boards, county commissions, the state legislature, and Congress that support a favorable business climate throughout our region.
From Lansing City Council to Congress, we have endorsed 31 candidates for public office this election cycle. Much like our region as well as our membership, we are pleased with the bipartisan nature of the candidates we are backing this cycle.
How can you help? The LRC-PAC knows candidates and other political action committees are seeking donations from you, but we are asking you to chip in to provide any financial support so we can make sure our candidates win on election day!
Tri-County Public Transit Agencies Launch Unprecedented Partnership to Enhance Regional Mobility
The Greater Lansing region’s three public transit agencies recently unveiled an unprecedented effort to enhance regional mobility across the Mid-Michigan region. The Capital Area Transportation Authority, Eaton County Transportation Authority and Clinton Area Transit System are collaborating alongside Tri-County Regional Planning Commission to align the region’s transit systems in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.
The historic partnership includes a shared management agreement between CATA and EATRAN, an expanded interlocal agreement between CATA and Clinton Transit that will facilitate the coordination of key bus service, and funding support from the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The concept of regional mobility alignment between the three authorities brings the potential of a seamless “one-seat ride” closer to fruition for Mid-Michigan communities. This increased collaboration removes the limitations of economic or geographic boundaries and comes with more opportunities for people to live, work, play and seek services where they want. Both the Lansing Regional Chamber and the Capital Council of Governments have been supportive of our region’s public transit authorities to work better together and work towards a more seamless transportation network that cuts across political and jurisdictional boundaries that will eliminate barriers. To support that growth, our region must continue to invest in developing our infrastructure, of which public transit is a vital component.
Capital Region International Airport Awarded Economic Development Grant
The federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced that the Capital Region Airport Authority (CRAA) has been awarded a $3.6 million grant for the Capital Region International Airport (LAN) site readiness development project for water, sewer, and utility infrastructure upgrades to spur economic growth at LAN. The grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan and EDA’s $300 million Coal Communities Commitment.
The site readiness development project will create build-ready sites on a 47-acre parcel of undeveloped land at LAN, near the existing Port Lansing Global Logistics Warehouse, and will include the installation of sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer. It will also include an extension of three-phase electrical infrastructure and create a regional stormwater detention area. Project design is expected to start in October 2022, with construction expected to begin in the spring of 2024. The Lansing Regional Chamber has been supportive of infrastructure investment throughout our region, including at the Capital Region International Airport.