Newsmaker: Virg Bernero
Mayor of Lansing, 9 years
Q: Tell us what you plan to accomplish in 2015?
A: With the help of my team, 2015 will be a banner year for Lansing as the economy continues to pick up steam and investors launch new projects that will grow our economy, strengthen our tax base and create jobs. We will continue to transform our capital city into a next generation urban center that attracts and retains young talent, builds a strong sense of place through public investments in arts and culture, strengthens our housing stock to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and celebrates the rich diversity that makes our community so strong and resilient.
Q: What will be the biggest hurdle of 2015?
A: Overcoming the barriers and breaking down the siloes that make progress on regional cooperation, collaboration and consolidation dishearteningly slow.
Q: In your industry or position, what trends were adopted in 2014 and how do you see trends changing in 2015?
A: As cities across the country emerge from the Great Recession, mayors everywhere are working to reinvent cities for a new era that requires us to focus on rebuilding our critical infrastructure, driving innovation and entrepreneurship and adapting to the rapid pace of technological progress. These trends will continue in 2015 and beyond.
Q: What do you think the biggest Greater Lansing business story will be in 2015?
A: The Red Cedar Renaissance and the arrival of the Chevy Camaro at GM’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant.
Q: What has made it possible for you to get where you are today?
A: Family and faith.
Q: What do you think is the key to success?
A: Planning, perseverance and a little bit of luck.
Q: What would friends and family say is your biggest quirk?
My obsession with Italian gelato!