Five-Year Plan Defines Path for Regionwide Economic Success
Public Invited to Comment on Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the
Greater Lansing Region
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2023
LANSING, Mich. — The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-County) has released an update to the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for 2023-2028. As the Economic Development District for the Greater Lansing area, Tri-County develops the CEDS every five years to qualify communities throughout Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties to receive U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding and establish a blueprint for achieving economic prosperity throughout the region.
“If we truly want to find a path forward that leads to change, we must transform the way we think about economic development,” said Executive Director Jim Snell. “This strategy does just that. It places people – and their talent, mobility, cultural, and housing needs – front and center. We are grateful to the many passionate leaders who guided this plan and for their role as partners and implementers in the years to come.”
Tri-County invited over 100 community leaders and economic development professionals representing business, economic and workforce development, education, transportation, housing, tourism, health, placemaking, and philanthropic interests to participate in work sessions and survey opportunities. Over 50 public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders came together to evaluate our regional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and prioritize community needs, identify core regional goals, and develop this economic vision for the region.
The CEDS includes an extensive action plan that details strategies, partners, and performance measures that can position Michigan's capital region as a competitive, global economic leader. Communities and organizations are encouraged to come forward if they recognize any strategies and initiatives they can contribute to and connect with to help better our region’s economic vitality and resiliency.
The community is invited to comment on the region’s draft 2023-2028 CEDS, available at mitcrpc.org/ceds, until September 27, 2023. Comments may be submitted at mitcrpc.org/public-comment or during the public meeting of the Board of Commissioners on September 27th at 6 p.m. at Tri-County’s office.
CONTACT: Valonda Sesi
Marketing & Community Engagement Manager
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 www.mitcrpc.org.