Lansing: the Comeback Capital!

First, our local economy is hitting on all cylinders with new, job-creating investments by General Motors, Jackson National Life and Emergent Biosolutions. I’m especially proud of GM’s incredible comeback from the near-death experience of the domestic auto industry. Not only are GM and their world-class UAW workforce building some of the best cars in the world — the 2014 Cadillac CTS just won Motor Trend Car of the Year! — but Lansing soon will be the home of the legendary Chevrolet Camaro, one of the coolest cars on the planet.

Our high-tech sector is also leading the way, with Niowave’s $200 million radiopharmaceutical production facility breaking ground in our Next Michigan Development Zone adjacent to Capital Region International Airport. A host of other cutting-edge technology companies, from Neogen and IDV Solutions to XG Sciences, are driving innovation right here in Lansing.

Downtown Lansing is also an important part of our progress with the long-awaited reopening of the historic Knapp’s Centre, including the debut of The Runway, a new business incubator for fashion and design that will be operated by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership. Recently, we’ve also welcomed great new eateries to downtown Lansing like Firehouse Subs, Tom+Chee, Lou & Harry’s and Jersey Giant, adding exciting new nameplates to an increasingly vibrant mix of dining, entertainment and niche retail establishments.

Last but certainly not least, Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts professional baseball team, is getting an extreme makeover with more than $10 million in public improvements, as well as an exciting new residential development that will soon rise up just beyond the outfield fence.

Led by Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and Lansing developer extraordinaire Pat Gillespie, The Outfield project will bring dozens of new residents to downtown Lansing with a bird’s eye view of the summer baseball season. Directly across the street, the Gillespie Group’s Marketplace residential project is nearing completion, with a prime location next door to our historic Lansing City Market on the banks of the Grand River. With more people, especially young professionals, soon to be living in the heart of our downtown, I can’t help but be excited about Lansing’s future.

When you add the spectacular annual events hosted by your capital city — from the Common Ground Music Festival to our Silver Bells holiday celebration — you can see why Lansing is Michigan’s comeback capital. I cordially invite you to #lovelansing as much as I do!

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