Aside from the challenges of the pandemic, Greater Lansing has a lot to celebrate

2021 was an extremely difficult year for the obvious reasons. In addition to the pandemic and its tragic health consequences, exhaustion, apathy and personnel capacity problems continue to pose challenges to society and the economy.

Our region has faced these challenges in a remarkable way. We got together, listened and talked. And we all dug deep to have the strength to still make a positive difference for all people in Greater Lansing.

From this perspective of 2021, hug yourself in vaccinated congratulations.

But what about the rest of 2021? Finally, the advance continues and LEAP proudly looks back on the highlights of the past year:

By the end of 2021, LEAP will amount to almost € 25 million.

The leading software development company TechSmith Corp. announced that it will be building its new international software development headquarters in East Lansing with great partners at the MSU Foundation and MSU. The Michigan Realtors opened their architecturally phenomenal headquarters on the Saginaw Corridor with the support of LEAP’s Lansing Business Development Team and the Brownfield Authority.

Downtown East Lansing soars with the recently opened six-story MSUFCU building. This upward boom creates a new, significantly more positive perception of the city, region and university for investors, talents and visitors from all over the world.

Sparrow announced a $ 800 million investment, including a new five-story tower on Michigan Avenue. This massive investment continues the rejuvenation of Michigan Avenue and is complemented by the $ 250 million Red Cedar project that is developing at the opposite end of the corridor.

McLaren, with support from the MSU Foundation, is putting the finishing touches to its $ 600 million new hospital and cancer center on the edge of the MSU campus.

LEAP secured a $ 1.1 million grant from the federal government to continue our efforts to harness the burgeoning medical technology / health ecosystem by building a system of high quality care, research and development, and advanced medical device manufacturing.

The Shyft Group has expanded and continues its history of growth in Charlotte, adding hundreds of new employees this year.

LEAP helped Delta Township attract the 1 million square foot Amazon shipping center that will create hundreds of new jobs.

McKesson’s state-of-the-art pharmaceutical distribution center officially opened in Delhi Township this year, a major project that landed with the work of Delhi Township and LEAP’s Business Attraction team.

LEAP has set an annual record for our region to receive more grants for high-tech start-ups through the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) from and with our MEDC and Lansing Regional SmartZone partners.

Our integrative entrepreneurship program One and All, which supports entrepreneurs and small business owners who live at or below the ALICE threshold with intensive training, mentoring and start-up funding, has completed the fourth grade and received a gold award from the International Economic Development Council for its outstanding achievements obtain. trend-setting, effective approach to entrepreneurship.

LEAP’s new Department of Equitable Economic Planning has launched groundbreaking programs to ensure that all people in our three counties are activated and engaged with regional economic opportunities.

The LEAP contract stepped up Lansing City’s work on four corridor improvement agencies, including South MLK Boulevard, enabling accelerated business development and critical beautification along neglected major corridors and gates to the city and region.

I am also proud to acknowledge that because of these efforts and more, LEAP has been named one of the top 20 economic development agencies in the country by Site Selection magazine.

We have a very busy pipeline of potential expansion and attraction projects, so we believe 2022 could be a huge year for economic development for our entire Lansing area.

Stronger together!

Bob Trezise is President and CEO of Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Inc.

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