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What better way to connect the more than 25,000 Chicago-based MSU alumni to the Lansing area than a train wrapped in green and white? That's exactly what the Prima Civitas Foundation has done with The Spartan Line. Learn all about how the new initiative is a lot more than just a fun ride.
We’ve been anticipating the opening of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on MSU’s campus for months now, and the time has finally come! The $40-million museum opened to the public on Sunday, Nov. 11, and even in its short reign as the hub of contemporary art and architecture in the southeastern part of the state, it has had quite an impact on the Capital region.
Business owner, Camron Gnass knows a good story, and a good opportunity, when he sees one. So he jumped at the chance to publish local author Jack Ebling’s tale of the Michigan State Spartan’s renaissance.
Lansing resident, Ty Forquer, loves Lansing so much he launched 517 Shirts, an online t-shirt company capturing Lansing landmarks with a unique edge and providing Lansing-lovers with a hip way to wear their pride.
Whether it’s because of the angular building rising out of Michigan State University’s north
campus, the buzz all over social media, Founding Director Michael Rush or the ongoing
news articles, most of Greater Lansing knows that the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
is coming soon.
But what about the hip thinkers behind the museum, the yet unknown faces that will soon fill the Zaha
Hadid designed halls of the region’s newest cultural asset? Capital Gains spent some time getting to
know three of the Broad Museum’s - and Greater Lansing’s - newest team members.
Justin Bugsy Sailor has made the move from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Lansing twice now. In between, he spent time in more than 100 homes spread out across each of the 50 states. Find out more about how this ultimate road tripper landed in Lansing, and what he really wishes you knew about him.
The Lansing Community College Board of Trustees meeting this past April wasn’t a bit typical. For one thing, the room was full of high school students. For another, a major item on the agenda was a basketball-playing robot built by those teenagers. Want to know more? Read on to learn about LCC's program, The Early Learning College.
So, how far has Lansing come in a decade? Have we grown, developed? Are we on the right track? Let's take a look and see, shall we! In the first part of our Lansing Growth series, we take a look at how Lansing has changed as a place to work.
After hometown girl, Lauren Aitch, played basketball for the Spartans and abroad, she decided to come back to the Capital region to launch her fashion line and a foundation. Read more about her journey, and why she no longer sees Lansing as just a great place to raise a family.
Meet Khalid Ibrahim: scientist by day, artist by night! Pakistani by early upbringing, Ibrahim has fallen in love with what Lansing has to offer, professionally, recreationally, artistically and culturally. Whether fulfilling his passion behind a camera lens or in working to understand disease in the lab, he strives to be a teller of the diverse stories he considers himself lucky to encounter.
Sam and Meghan Short have spent quality time living in a variety of big cities, but have recently chosen the Lansing area to start their family and establish roots. Meghan spends her day cultivating the next generation of attorneys at MSU, while Sam is dedicated to the continued revitalization of Old Town, with an eye on introducing some hip concept restaurants in the area. Check out what the Shorts have to say about our “small city, big town” community and why their roots are taking to the Lansing soil.
Jess and Ryan Knott are likely one of the most engaged, community-focused and approachable couples in the Capital region. Divvying up their time between work, study and groups and causes like the Lansing Derby Vixens and TEDx Lansing, they miraculously still manage to find time to discover their city and enjoy their beloved pets. Find out why they bleed green and white and love Lansing as much as they do.
The Wharton Center's summer Broadway camp, Taking it From the Top, melds passion, purpose and talent to bring a true Broadway experience to young performers. Broadway's brightest team works with Wharton to teach students how to shine.
For the better part of a decade, Jake and Sarah Pechtel have had many opportunities to leave Michigan. Their shared passion for the arts and culture has often left them wanting more than what the Lansing region has to offer. A few years ago, however, the couple officially made the decision to stay and invest in the area.
A suit-wearing, spatula-wielding Slayer fan who practices Intellectual Properties law during the day and plays fetch with his Border Collies at night and on weekends, Matt Wyman returned to Lansing after six years in the Windy City. As far as we're concerned, any attorney who loves The Big Lebowski, skydiving and making Lansing a better place in which to live and work is a vital addition to the community.
Not long ago content on Lansing Community College’s TV station centered on reruns of basketball games and still shots of billboards. Today, it has a new name, new program lineup and partnerships across the community. Best of all, it has Nicole Sclafani, producer and station manager, who embodies the bubbling energy of Mid-Michigan beginning to vibrate with the beat of a new economy. If it’s important and especially if it’s fun, know that LCC TV The Link plans to be in the middle of it.
If you know Robin Miner Swartz, then you know why people have referred to her as Lansing's biggest cheerleader. She's engaged, invested and connected to the Capital region, both personally and professionally. Wonder why?
Peter Eichler's passion for pageantry arts, Broadway and his alma mater's vibrant community are what keep him in Lansing.
MSU recruits faculty from all corners of the country, and many have little notion of what living in Michigan will be like. We talk to two couples about life, love and sushi in the Capital region.
MSU's Dr. Constantinos Coursaris is a busy and worldly guy, with projects running from Dubai to Japan to East Lansing. He's also got some advice for turning around our local economy.
Once again, there are too many great things happening this week for us to pick just one. Support local volunteer service or toss milk jugs with medieval implements of warfare? Good luck deciding!
An MSU student has won an honor many fashion designers can only dream about: the chance to watch her dress design come to life at the 2010 Academy Awards.
OK. We’ve been silent long enough. From here on out we’re going to post our number one must do, must see, must have news every week. We’re not interested in being Captain Obvious so if you have ideas that are off the radar, share them here
As MSU works to bring car sharing to the town, two MSU students share their thoughts on what it could do for the region.
Proving that Lansing has plenty of opportunities for creative, passionate people, homegrown-proud Mike Stratton has found international success as a therapist, writer and DJ.
What does “green” really mean? Our readers, developers and community members ask us this question all the time. We take it to mean lots of things — LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) development, sustainable living, public transportation, walkable communities and the reuse of abandoned properties.
Throughout 2009, we’ve run several articles concerning green ideas and green developments. After much deliberation, we’ve put together our Best of Green issue.
These feature, development and innovation articles include large green developments such as the renovation of the 20,000 square foot former Cedar Street School, as well as large green ideas such as the City of East Lansing’s commitment to becoming the first Michigan city to adopt a green building policy.
Thank you for your loyal readership! Have a great holiday and we’ll see you again in 2010.
The latest crop of students in MSU’s Organic Farming Certificate Program is putting Lansing at the forefront of both food production and talent attraction.
One of the nation's leading thinkers on real estate trends says walkable urban places are the future. So what advice will he have for Lansing on April 15?
Being a high-tech entrepreneur is difficult. But pack a bunch of people with fresh ideas into a low-rent, high-interaction office building, and their big dreams instantly become more attainable.
Lansing has plenty of networking groups and business organizations, but now it’s got something entirely different—a group of young professionals who are investing their time, businesses and ideas in creating a city they want to live in.
Two DeWitt high school teachers are spearheading a movement designed to get students involved in community building and New Economy entrepreneurship.
Lansing and Pittsburgh have quite a bit in common as they scramble to reinvent economic success. Capital Gains talks with one of the leaders who helped the Steel City pull itself back.
The Crown Boxing Gym in Lansing hosts more than a boxing ring. It also houses the HAWK Foundation, which brings at-risk kids support, life skills and a fun, physical outlet.
Capital Gains takes a tour of the new business and education incubators that are becoming driving forces for economic and cultural reinvention in the Capital region.
MSU's Vincent Delgado brings to Lansing a world's worth of new ways to look at issues like community engagement, immigration and entrepreneurship.
Former East Lansing mayor Sam Singh spent a year traveling the world. Now he's back and ready to put that experience to work in the Capital region.
As envisioned by MSU interior design students, the retro-cool Knapp’s building in Downtown Lansing can be transformed into a vibrant part of the region again.
MSU prof Bryan Ritchie landed in Michigan with all the credentials of a Creative Class leader. Capital Gains chats with him about entrepreneurship and what he and his students are doing to keep the Capital region's best and brightest here.
The green economy is touted as one the key sectors for Michigan's struggling auto suppliers. Turns out, the state might have the assets and people to do a whole lot more.
Check out live coverage from the Final Four
festivities in downtown Detroit this weekend, with streaming photo, video and best bets for where to go, what to do, and what to imbibe as we cheer on our Spartans!
Michigan State University's outreach efforts to China over the years has created educational and research partnerships that may soon spill over into the business community.
Bobby Bringi of MBI International in Lansing is helping cutting-edge companies make the jump from great idea to marketable product. "De-risking" commercialization can move Michigan ahead in emerging areas like bio-tech.
High-tech approaches and environmental consciousness are calling cards of a Lansing print shop that churns out many of the area’s political publications.
Kira Carter, the president and CEO of Sparrow Specialty Hospital in Lansing, talks to Capital Gains about the healthcare industry, and about attracting new talent to Lansing.
A student team of food scientists from Michigan State University has pioneered a taste sensation with food that pleases the palate and caters to common allergies.
Green isn’t just the color of the holidays—it’s also the color of the coming economy, and a hallmark of a movement that’s building a more sustainable future for Lansing.
Doug Neal, host of 88.9 FM's Progressive Torch & Twang, has managed to meld fluid dynamics, entrepreneurialism and an encyclopedic knowledge of alt-country music into a supremely satisfying Mid-Michigan experience.
Michigan State University is an emerging leader in video game development. With the support of East Lansing, MSU is adding a degree specialization and a national conference to the potent package.
Jonathan Ritz agreed to maneuver his way around the Capital region for a week using only the bus system. Read on for the play-by-play of his care-free, car-free Capital City adventure.
Beyond big plays and Heisman trophy speculation, Michigan State University athletics also inject some serious coin into the local economy.
For years, Lansing-area leaders have tried to figure out how to hold onto our college graduates, to stem their outflow to big cities. But maybe it’s time to let them go.
Based on a bicycling obsession that's taken him from the velodromes of Japan to the streets of East Lansing, Tim Potter's Green Bike program is cleaning up at Michigan State University.
Even with some ups and downs in local industry, Lansing medical facilities continue to invest in the kinds of cutting-edge equipment and innovative health care needed to keep top medical talent in the area.
With an eye toward community, leadership and fun, housing co-op students at Michigan State University in East Lansing are forging a paradigm for more sustainable living.
With a reputation for “homemade” isotopes, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU produces more elite nuclear scientists than any other school but MIT, and helps bring millions of dollars to Mid-Michigan.
A nationally recognized MSU program is combining new media tools and student-led ideas to boost area communities and small-business owners.
New Economy jobs, a family-friendly reputation and a high quality of life are tempting talent to Lansing and East Lansing from national hot spots like California, Boston and Chicago.
Creative Class guru Richard Florida chats about his new book, Who’s Your City, and Lansing's place in a spiky, "mega-region" world where choosing the place you live is the most important decision of your life.
Downtown Lansing is bustling with development, and people in the know point to a major driver: the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. We visit with the man at the helm, President Don LeDuc.
Here’s Capital Gains’ look at moving to Downtown Lansing. Also check out our guides to visiting
and investing in
Educators from China, Michigan State University and Lansing Public Schools are preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world by focusing on language and culture.
Here’s Capital Gains’ look at investing in East Lansing. Also check out our guides to visiting
and moving to
What is the New Economy and what does it look like in the Lansing area? We sat down with Dr. Soji Adelaja, one of the region's (and country's) most scholarly, intelligent and courageously out-of-the-box thinkers on strategic investments for economic transition. Tapping into research from forthcoming reports about what makes certain states and regions click in the New Economy, Dr. Adelaja suggests ways to keep teaching an old economy some new tricks.