LANSING — The Lansing Area Economic Partnership Tuesday announced a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to launch a new initiative to improve the economy of southwest Lansing.
“Through this effort we look forward to seeing this neighborhood become more economically sound and help revitalize the entire community,” MEDC CEO Steve Arwood said in a statement. “In entrusting these funds to our Collaborative Development Council regional partner LEAP, we are confident that this grant will help to be an economic foundation for southwest Lansing.”
After considering multiple areas across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties, the MEDC and LEAP selected southwest Lansing as the most suitable for this grassroots revitalization approach. LEAP will hire a consultant to conduct an economic opportunity study, and who will also seek community input in engagement programs. An inclusive steering committee of southwest Lansing stakeholders will soon be convened to lead the effort.
“This new initiative that LEAP has crafted provides much needed resources to support important capacity-building in an area that has some serious challenges but also an amazing asset in its diversity,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “We are going beyond conventional economic development here to try to affect real positive change in an area that has not seen enough positive development in recent years.”
Added Lansing mayor Virg Bernero: “Lansing’s Third Ward has great citizens who are eager to get involved and great potential to attract new investment through a coordinated community effort led by LEAP. It is the right effort in the right place at the right time.”
More about LEAP and its economic development programs at http://www.purelansing.com.