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Tri-County Welcomes New Executive Director Jim Snell

LANSING, Mich. – The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-County) is pleased to announce the formal appointment of Mr. Jim Snell as Tri-County's new Executive Director, effective December 1, 2018. Snell has served as Tri-County's Interim Executive Director since October 2017, providing strategic leadership and a new vision for the agency and its programs.

Snell was selected from a field of more than 30 candidates to lead the regional planning agency. With thirty years dedicated to regional transportation planning, Snell brings a strong foundation of planning for the future and navigating federal regulations.

"The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is thrilled to formally welcome Jim as our Executive Director," said Board Chair Shanna Draheim. "Jim's impressive background in regional planning will help drive the region forward, and we look forward to reestablishing Tri-County as a community resource and catalyst for innovative planning and programming for the region."

“I am eager to build on Tri-County’s great accomplishments over the past 60 years to make our region more prosperous," said Snell. "Collaboration is key in planning for a strong economy, a reliable transportation system, and sustainable infrastructure and natural resources, and I look forward to working with our community partners to fully utilize the resources Tri-County has to offer. Together, we can enhance the quality of life of our communities and put the Greater Lansing area on the map." A Central Michigan University graduate with degrees in Urban Planning/Environmental Analysis and Cartography/Remote Sensing, Snell brings a vast array of experience in regional planning for transportation, the environment, and economic and community development. Snell's thirty years of planning experience include time at several local and statewide transportation organizations, including road and transit agencies, and at Metropolitan Planning Organizations, including councils of government and regional planning commissions. Snell has coordinated Tri-County's transportation planning efforts since July 2015 as the agency's Chief Transportation Planner.

Hailing from the Grand Rapids area, Snell is a lifelong Michigan resident excited to become more involved in the Greater Lansing region.

Learn more about Tri-County's team and programs at our new website,


Nicole Baumer

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Office: 517-393-0342 x 11

Mobile: 517-898-0436

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The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is a public planning agency established in 1956, serving Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties in Mid-Michigan. Tri-County makes our region a more prosperous community by planning for a strong economy, reliable transportation, and sustainable infrastructure and natural resources. We connect local organizations and governments to funding, technical assistance, data resources, and opportunities to discuss trends and challenges affecting the Greater Lansing area. Learn more at

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