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Regional Collaboration Creates Positive Outcomes for Lansing Region

Monday, January 28, 2019  
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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) worked with business leaders, community members and public officials from every level of government to collaboratively influence and support initiatives, pieces of legislation and regional developments in 2018, supporting positive change and strengthening the Greater Lansing region.

“The positive outcomes, policy changes, initiatives and regional developments serve as a reminder of what we can achieve when we work together for the greater good of the region,” said Steve Japinga, LRCC vice president of government relations. “These efforts are another step toward creating a stronger economy, a more vibrant community and a more prosperous region.”

The LRCC-supported priorities improved the region’s education and workforce development, infrastructure, regulatory environment and regionalism and included:

  • Coleman Road funding: Secured $7.6 million to extend Coleman Road in order to ease traffic on Lake Lansing Road and create new economic development opportunities and jobs.
  • Heritage Hall funding: Secured $40 million to add a new welcome center to the Michigan State Capitol, serving as an educational resource for Michiganders and visitors.
  • 50-50 Rule repeal: Removed a law that could potentially increase the costs of food or alcohol to consumers and could no longer be accurately monitored and audited in the City of East Lansing.  
  • Broadband access expansion (Small Cell Bills): Eased the shift to 5G Internet, giving urban and rural communities access to broadband internet, which is necessary in today’s technology-driven world.
  • Ingham County, East Lansing and Lansing court consolidation (House Bill 6344): Promotes regional collaboration and provides significant savings for the region.
  • American Airline LAN to DCA: Extends nonstop flights from Lansing to Washington D.C. which will continue to support the region’s development, growth and quality of life.
  • The Hub: A 10-story building, which will provide retail, parking and residential space to East Lansing.
  • Center City District: Invests $135 million into East Lansing to provide 92 senior and 273 mixed market housing units as well as retail and parking space.
  • Elevation: Invests nearly $70 million to build luxury apartments in Okemos.

“Each policy and initiative are investments in the future of our region,” said Japinga.” The Chamber is looking forward to continued collaboration to help our community connect, grow and thrive for years to come.”

About the Chamber

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce works relentlessly to help businesses connect, grow and thrive. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has served as the voice of the Greater Lansing business community. More information about the Chamber, its programs and services can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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