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Committed to Regional Prosperity

Thursday, November 1, 2018  
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One of the most rewarding programs we host annually is the Celebration of Regional Growth Awards (CORG). When we first started the program in 2006, some questioned if the region could sustain CORG as an annual event. Twelve years later, the program and our region are stronger than ever. In fact, the 65 CORG recipients have combined to invest more than $2.5 billion in our region. That is definitely worth celebrating!

This month’s feature story looks at the transformational impact the 2018 CORG honorees have been making in our region. Our four CORG recipients are literally changing the face of communities throughout Greater Lansing.

As a rapidly growing technology company, Application Specialist Kompany (ASK) could have built its new headquarters in a number of communities. ASK made a commitment to the revitalization of Lansing’s historic REO Town neighborhood and chose to renovate the former Moores Park Elementary School.

As the region’s only Fortune 500 company, Auto-Owners could locate and expand in any one of the 30 states in which it does business. Auto-Owners continues to show its commitment to the Lansing region in a number of ways including the construction of a new, stateof-the-art training facility at the site of the former Lansing State Journal printing plant in Delta Township. Auto-Owners also recently announced another $105 million expansion of its main campus, also located in Delta Township.

For 25 years, Cinnaire has been committed to transforming struggling neighborhoods around the country, including Lansing. Cinnaire provided more than $22 million in equity investment and mortgage lending for the renovation of the School for the Blind on Lansing’s northside and the nearby Walnut Park project.

Another amazing transformation is taking place in downtown East Lansing, where Harbor Bay Real Estate Company has been leading the reshaping of downtown East Lansing. The $125 million Center City project will redefine living in downtown East Lansing.

Equally exciting are the planned developments that will create significant economic investment in our region. McLaren Greater Lansing is moving towards construction of a $450 million campus adjacent to Michigan State University in south Lansing. The Chamber’s recent Healthcare Forum featuring McLaren Greater Lansing, Sparrow and the MSU Health Team reminds us of the importance of our regions healthcare sector.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light continues its transition towards becoming a coal-free utility with the planned construction of its $500 million natural gas-fired power plant in Delta Township.

In St. Johns, Spartan Michigan LLC announced plans for a $500 million dairy processing facility which will create 300 jobs and deliver a significant economic boost to Michigan’s second largest industry.

The Gillespie Group continues to lead efforts in reshaping downtown Lansing. Gillespie’s latest project, an urban market and hotel on the 600 block of Michigan Avenue has been hailed by many as a game-changer for downtown Lansing and the Michigan Ave. Corridor.

We no longer need to worry about whether the CORG awards will have enough projects to recognize annually. The celebration will continue for years to come. The investment pipeline is filled with centerpiece projects that will create investment, jobs and a higher quality for life in the Greater Lansing region.

Click here to download the November edition of FOCUS.


For information or to register for the November 15th CORG luncheon, visit or contact Ashlee Wills at

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