Why Not Lansing?

The Lansing region is where I love to live, work and play. People say this all the time, but I really mean it. Although every place has its “faults,” I would be the first to stand up for our region – no matter what. I definitely have pride in our community for being just the way it is. In fact, I had an opportunity to review some historical photos of Lansing recently, and it’s remarkable to see the amount of growth and economic development that has happened.

But, a region – just like individuals – can always stand for some improvement. We have to be willing to better both ourselves and the community in which we reside. It’s easier to sit back and wait for someone else to do something, but we must build on the momentum before us; there’s more to do.

Downtown Lansing deserves more shopping and bustling residents. For instance, why don’t we have an urban grocery store? It’s time to ask the question: Why not Lansing? If we don’t believe we’re worth the investment, who will? I’ve always felt that Lansing has a self-esteem issue. We need to focus on creating positive word-of-mouth and help make change where necessary.

We can start a movement by showing retailers we are anxious and ready for them to open right here, right now. We can build a community that benefits our economy, celebrates our diversity and inspires exciting growth. I’m asking for local companies to support this endeavor by participating in the conversation on what our region should stand for. I would love to see individuals who care about the trajectory of our region join me in letting retailers know we’re ready for investment at a petition started at change.org.

An opportunity to invest in yourself is discussed in this month’s issue. Take the time to consider succession planning when you’re in business. Whether you’re an owner or someone in an executive position, there will always be more to think about and do while the time for retirement seems far away. After all, you’re still in creation mode and not slowing down – not yet.

It isn’t easy to consider what will happen in 15 to 20 years. Right now, I’m still geared up for the many opportunities out there for me to tackle and how I can play a role in helping our community grow and prosper.

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