The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) released a 10- year regional strategic plan that outlines a plan to improve the region by attracting and retaining talent, supporting business and entrepreneurship and creating a sense of place, among other things.
LEAP started working with the Michigan State University (MSU) Land Policy Institute on the assessment in January, first gathering and analyzing economic trends from across the country. Capital region assets were then assessed and compared to more than 50 other regions.
“This really came from the beginning of LEAP,” says Denyse Ferguson, LEAP president and CEO. “The idea was to get all of the different players in the region working together toward specific strategic objectives.”
The “Greater Lansing Next,” plan illustrates specific strategies for making the region more friendly to businesses and entrepreneurs; creating attractive live-and-work spaces; enhancing core assets; and strengthening regional cooperation.
“We will take all of the research and will work with self-selected leaders in each of the strategic priority areas and sector areas,” she says, adding that anyone is invited to participate in carrying out the plan.
Source: Denyse Ferguson, LEAP
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