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Doug Brown Receives Prestigious Economic Development Award

Michigan Business Network
August 31, 2017 4:00 PM

The Michigan Economic Developers Association ( MEDA) held its Annual Conference at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center in Holland, Michigan, from August 16 – 18, 2017. The theme of this year’s meeting was “CONNECT: People. Ideas. Solutions.” which let economic developers know the connections that are needed to succeed with emerging industries, themes and tools.
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LEAP Staff Members Receive Prestigious Economic Development Awards

Pure Lansing
August 25, 2017 11:00 AM


LEAP Staff Recognized for Dedication to Advancing The Economic Development Profession

The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) held its Annual Conference last week. The theme of this year’s meeting was “CONNECT: People. Ideas. Solutions.” which let economic developers know the connections that are needed to succeed with emerging industries, themes, and tools.

At the conference MEDA hosted a New Member and Awards Reception where four statewide awards were presented to outstanding economic developers, including the Mike Conboy Professional Development and President’s Awards. The Conboy Award is given to one MEDA member who has made substantial, long-term contributions/commitment to MEDA, specifically focusing on the advancement of the economic development profession through support of education and training, and by expanding the knowledge base of economic developers. The President’s Award is given to members that have provided a substantial contribution to the organization and its statewide economic development efforts.

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LCC AMA presenting the “Manifest Your Life Empowerment Tour”

Michigan Business Network
August 25, 2017 10:00 AM

Inspiring motivation and the knowing the keys to success that lead to successful business habits isn’t something you are just born with. It must be learned. That’s why the Lansing Community College American Marketing Association will be presenting the “Manifest Your Life Empowerment Tour”.

The event is an opportunity to bridge the gap between being a budding entrepreneur and becoming a thriving entrepreneur. The event will be on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at LCC’s West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost of the event, which includes breakfast and lunch is $79, but students can attend for just $25.

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‘Joybox Express’ Kicks Off Bike Ride/Swim from Flint to Mackinac Island

Michigan Business Network
August 25, 2017 9:00 AM

‘Sprint4Flint’ Hits the Road, Straits of Mackinac in Support of YouthQuest

Today, internationally renowned musician Mark “Mr. B” Braun and the Joybox Express will depart Flint for Mackinaw City, transporting a 385-pound piano on a tricycle built for three.

From there, they will take the bike to St. Ignace, where it will be loaded onto a small barge, which Mark, world-record holding swimmer Jim Dreyer, and seven other volunteers will tie to their ankles as they swim/tow the instrument to Mackinac Island.

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Gov. Rick Snyder’s Statement Following Statewide Unemployment Announcement

Michigan Business Network
August 16, 2017 5:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement that statewide unemployment dropped to 3.7 percent:

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Ingham County Land Bank Hires Executive Director

Michigan Business Network
August 15, 2017 3:00 PM


New leadership brings community collaboration to the forefront.

With standing inventory of housing down, vacant land availability up and limited grant money to put to good use, the Ingham County Land Bank’s priority is continued effectiveness at community and economic development. And its new executive director understands that community partnerships and collaboration are tools for making good things happen. Jeanna Paluzzi has been named as the new executive director of the Ingham County Land Bank, a county authority and strategic economic tool that supports growth and investment in the community.

A Michigan State University graduate, Paluzzi served as executive director for the Clinton River Watershed Council in southeast Michigan, where she helped establish the urban revitalization benefits of innovative creek restoration and stormwater management strategies. Since then she has held leadership positions throughout Michigan and Colorado in home improvement sales management, water resources, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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Two Lansing Runway Designers to Compete on Project Runway

Pure Lansing
August 15, 2017 2:00 PM


Grand Ledge Twins Continue to Succeed in Highly Competitive Fashion Industry

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and The Runway are excited to support two hometown designers as they compete on the Emmy Award winning, fashion reality show, Project Runway produced by Lifetime Network.

Grand Ledge twins Claire and Shawn Buitendorp were first introduced to The Runway as students in the Lansing Community College (LCC) Fashion Technology Program. The Buitendorps graduated from LCC in 2011, and are no strangers to success on a national stage. The twins have dressed singer Katy Perry more than 25 times, and recently competed and won the VH1 hit reality show Twinning.

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Foster Swift: Laura Genovich to Present Property Tax Webinar

Michigan Business Network
August 15, 2017 10:00 AM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Foster Swift attorney Laura Genovich will be presenting a free webinar entitled Property Tax Exemptions: What Every Assessor Needs to Know on Wednesday September 20, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.

This one hour program will cover Michigan property tax exemptions from A (Agricultural) to Z (Zoos), explaining the factors that local units must consider when granting or denying an exemption, as well as common mistakes that can result in tax appeals. In addition, the webinar will also discuss in depth the Michigan Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning exemptions for charitable institutions, Baruch SLS, Inc v Tittabawassee Township, and what assessors need to do differently as a result of that decision. If you wish to register, click here.

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Baker College’s business programs earn IACBE reaffirmation of accreditation through 2023

Michigan Business Network
August 15, 2017 9:00 AM

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Baker College System’s business education programs have received reaffirmation of accreditation from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) through July 31, 2023.

“The IACBE self-study and site visits are tedious, challenging and rewarding and ultimately substantiate the quality of Baker College’s business programs and offerings,” said Cleamon Moorer Jr., DBA, Baker College’s dean of the College of Business. “Receiving reaffirmation of accreditation is a strong testament to Baker College’s rigorous high-quality curriculum, successful learning outcomes and dedicated faculty and staff.”

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Former ArtPrize Public Art Installation Coming to Lansing River Trail

Pure Lansing
August 14, 2017 5:00 PM

Community Partners Leverage LEAP’s ENGAGE Placemaking Pilot Program to Bring Public Art Installation by Lansing-based Artist to Lansing River Trail

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