Comprehensive Economic Resiliency Strategy Sets Course for Regional Recovery
The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-County) is pleased to announce the development of a Comprehensive Economic Resiliency Strategy for the Greater Lansing region is underway. As the Economic Development District for the region, Tri-County conducts studies, collects data, and develops plans that will inform responsive decision making at all levels of public and private economic investment. To fulfill this goal, particularly in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Tri-County began developing this regional strategy in June of this year.
This project builds off our Economic Impact Analysis (EIA), which was completed in May and catalogues datasets that tell the story of the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on our region. Currently, Tri-County is working with a consulting firm to audit existing data and key collaborations needed for long-term economic resiliency and recovery. Our team is also facilitating and planning a variety of community engagement initiatives – including workshops, committees and working groups, and surveying – with key regional stakeholder agencies.
Additional analyses and review of our region’s assets and opportunities, key vulnerabilities and gaps, core industries and economic pillars, and potential partnerships and funding strategies to implement the Strategy’s recommendations will be completed in the coming months. A presentation of the final Comprehensive Economic Resiliency Strategy and a data dashboard of key economic indicators will be completed by the end of 2021.
This project is made possible with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Tri-County received a CARES grant award last fall and issued a Request for Proposals this past March. The selection process was conducted in collaboration with eight regional stakeholder agencies representing urban, rural, and community-wide economic development agencies. Together, the consulting firm Camoin 310 was selected to support completion of this project under agency leadership.
Project updates will be made available on our current projects page. For more information, please visit mitcrpc.org/resiliency or contact Economic Development Program Manager Rachel Elsinga at firstname.lastname@example.org.