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Pure Lansing, hosted by Bob Trezise, focuses on positive news and events coming out of the Greater Lansing area.

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LEAP | More State Funded Small Business Survival Grants on the Way, $3 Million Available from LEAP for the Lansing Region

Pure Lansing
January 14, 2021 5:00 PM

Grants to Benefit Businesses Directly Impacted by December 2020 State Mask Mandate

LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 14, 2021) — More state funded grants are on the way for small businesses that continue to be battered by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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LEAP | Hundreds of New Jobs to Invigorate Economic Activity in Charlotte

Pure Lansing
January 12, 2021 1:00 PM

and Surrounding Lansing Region with Shyft Group Expansion 

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Jan. 12, 2021) — The Shyft Group, Inc., formerly Spartan Motors, is ramping up hiring at its Charlotte campus with plans to add hundreds of new jobs to help the commercial fleet and specialty vehicle manufacturer meet fleet vehicle demand in 2021. Shyft’s expansion project will bring an influx of new individuals, families and economic activity to Charlotte and the surrounding Lansing region, including new students in K-12 schools, revenue for municipal services, shoppers to downtown retailers, new neighbors and homeowners and additional philanthropic giving to support community needs.

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$20,000 in Public Art Funding Available Through LEAP’s Ninth Annual Public Art for Communities Grant

Pure Lansing
December 15, 2020 2:00 PM

Regional Communities Invited to Apply for Funding to Enhance Sense of Place

LANSING, Mich. (Dec. 15, 2020) — For the ninth consecutive year, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals is now open for LEAP’s 2021 Public Art for Communities (PAFC) Grant Program. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

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Game Day May Look Different, But Fans Can Celebrate Safely

Pure Lansing
November 23, 2020 9:00 AM

East Lansing restaurants open for curbside, takeout and no-contact delivery options 

East Lansing, Mich. — College game day was already looking different this year. And as guidance and advice of medical officials led The University of Maryland  to maintain its football program’s pause due to a COVID-19 outbreak, Saturday will look even more different with the cancellation of the upcoming game against MSU on November 21, 2020. It is the first MSU game this season canceled due to coronavirus.

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Specialty Building Products Distributor Brings New Full-Time Jobs and Support for Thriving Local Construction to Region

Pure Lansing
November 20, 2020 8:00 AM

LEAP Helps Land Leading Building Products Company in Delta Township 

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Nov. 19, 2020)— Cameron Ashley Building Products, Inc. (Cameron Ashley), a leading distributor of specialty building products, will open its newest distribution center at 3524 S. Canal Street in Delta Township. Cameron Ashley serves over 5,000 customers across 42 locations throughout the United States, and brings customer-focused, innovative services and products to the Lansing region’s untapped market. Cameron Ashley currently employs nearly 550 staff companywide, and intends to hire three to five full-time employees in the first year at the Delta Township operation.

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City of Williamston Welcomes New Downtown Mural

Pure Lansing
November 17, 2020 3:00 PM

Mural by Artist Kelly Beacome funded by LEAP Public Art Grant with Support from PNC Foundation

WILLIAMSTON, Mich. (Nov. 16, 2020) – A warm welcome now greets all visitors as they enter the heart of downtown Williamston. The new building mural, titled Welcome, was funded by a $10,000 grant from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership’s (LEAP) Public Art for Communities (PAFC) grant program, with support from the PNC Foundation. Welcome is the latest piece of permanent public art funded by the PAFC program. Kelly Beacome of Center Street Studios was chosen by the city of Williamston Art Committee to bring the west wall of 151 S. Putman St. to life.

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TechSmith in Discussions for New Headquarters Location in East Lansing

Pure Lansing
November 16, 2020 10:00 AM

Proposed Move to Bring High-wage Jobs and Opportunities for Tech Industry Growth to be Considered by East Lansing City Council 

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Nov. 13, 2020) – Premier software development company TechSmith Corporation will submit plans for a new international software development headquarters to the East Lansing City Council Nov. 17, 2020.

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Lansing-East Lansing MSA Ranked Top 25 Midwest Startup City, Highlights Strength of Regional Tech Ecosystem, Talent Pipeline, Connectivity and Support for Diverse Entrepreneurs

Pure Lansing
November 2, 2020 11:00 AM

Lansing Region Contributes to Powerful Statewide Entrepreneurial Landscape
Among Midwest Competitors

LANSING, Mich. (Oct. 30, 2020) — After 12 years of regional coordination and partnerships focused on building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in our region, the Lansing-East Lansing Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is glimmering with opportunity for startup growth, especially for coveted tech-focused startups. In recognition of this growth, the Lansing-East Lansing MSA was recently ranked No. 25 among Midwest competitors on Midwest Startups’ 2020 Midwest Startup Cities Rankings, rising seven spots from its No. 32 ranking in 2017. Midwest Startups is a trusted source of startup news and industry insights from across the Midwest, and publishes an annual Midwest Startup Cities Rankings comparing Midwest startup microenvironments.

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Leading Michigan Business Organizations Ask State Leaders To Enact Smart COVID-19 Policies

Pure Lansing
October 26, 2020 8:00 AM

Policies that Allow Michigan’s Economic Recovery to Continue

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce joined 14 other leading business groups in Michigan in sending a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and
legislative leaders regarding enacting smart COVID-19 policies that allow Michigan’s economic recovery to continue.

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More than 400 Small Businesses and Nonprofits Receive $5.3 Million from LEAP to Aid in Restart and Recovery Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Pure Lansing
September 29, 2020 3:00 PM

Regional Geographic Distribution, Economic Impact and Inclusion-Minded Process Drove Complex Grant Awards

LANSING, Mich. (Sept. 29, 2020) — Following a statewide announcement from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is announcing 412 small businesses and nonprofits from across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties have been selected to receive grants ranging from $5,000-$20,000 to assist with restart and recovery amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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