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Tri-County Welcomes Allison Matison as New Environmental Programs Planner

Lansing, Mich. – The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-County) is pleased to introduce their newest addition to the team, Allison Matison, as the agency’s environmental programs planner. Matison will be coordinating technical initiatives that protect and enhance the environment’s built and natural resources within the region. Specifically, she will be responsible for projects that educate the public about air quality and clean transportation options, and address regional issues involving the environment, sustainability, infrastructure resiliency, and climate vulnerabilities.

Born and raised in West Michigan, Matison graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability Studies in early 2022. She began interning at Tri-County while completing her degree and transitioned to a part-time environmental analyst in May. During her time with the agency, she conducted a regionwide flood risk assessment and developed a dashboard of local and state data measuring infrastructure resiliency. Prior to joining the Tri-County team, Matison worked as an intern in 2021 at Grand Action 2.0, a nonprofit economic development organization based in Grand Rapids, recommending sustainability best practices for project development.

“My roots in environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic development uniquely position me to actively incorporate sustainability into planning for the Greater Lansing region’s built and natural resources,” said Matison. “Sustainability, while often seen as a sacrifice for growth, is critical for a prosperous, strong, and balanced environment and community. I am overjoyed to work with an agency and region that values this approach.”

“Allison’s enthusiasm and fresh perspective will undoubtedly benefit our region as we continue to plan for a sustainable future and innovative mobility options,” said Executive Director Jim Snell. “Her modern understanding of sustainability will be invaluable as we further expand our environmental program. We are thrilled to have her join the Tri-County team in a more permanent capacity.”

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