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The City of East Lansing's Department of Planning, Building & Development works to create and grow the economic development sector in East Lansing. Through innovative programs, new economy initiatives and close collaboration with developers and entrepreneurs, East Lansing has become a destination for corporations, organizations and entrepreneurs to start and expand their operations

 

The City of East Lansing works with a number of community partners, such as the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and Michigan State University (MSU), to further economic development initiatives in East Lansing and the Greater Lansing area. In recent years, the City celebrated the graduation of the first tenants of the East Lansing Technology Innovation Center, launched The Hatch program and expanded its high-tech incubation to virtual tenants. The City is also currently working to create additional office space in the downtown through several projects.

 

The City is also home to a growing office district in its Northern Tier, paving the way for the successful opening and/or expansion of banking institutions and insurance companies. In addition, the City is preparing for the construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) - a $730 million facility that will provide research opportunities for approximately 1,000 scientists and researchers (construction is expected to take a decade). Additionally, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, which opened in the fall of 2012 on the Michigan State University campus, is a cultural gem attracting thousands of visitors to our vibrant downtown.

 

East Lansing has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the 10 "Best College Towns to Start a Business" by Entrepreneur magazine in 2009 and a Five Star Community for it's work to foster entrepreneurial growth.





The City of East Lansing's Department of Planning, Building & Development works to create and grow the economic development sector in East Lansing. Through innovative programs, new economy initiatives and close collaboration with developers and entrepreneurs, East Lansing has become a destination for corporations, organizations and entrepreneurs to start and expand their operations

 

The City of East Lansing works with a number of community partners, such as the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and Michigan State University (MSU), to further economic development initiatives in East Lansing and the Greater Lansing area. In recent years, the City celebrated the graduation of the first tenants of the East Lansing Technology Innovation Center, launched The Hatch program and expanded its high-tech incubation to virtual tenants. The City is also currently working to create additional office space in the downtown through several projects.

 

The City is also home to a growing office district in its Northern Tier, paving the way for the successful opening and/or expansion of banking institutions and insurance companies. In addition, the City is preparing for the construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) - a $730 million facility that will provide research opportunities for approximately 1,000 scientists and researchers (construction is expected to take a decade). Additionally, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, which opened in the fall of 2012 on the Michigan State University campus, is a cultural gem attracting thousands of visitors to our vibrant downtown.

 

East Lansing has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the 10 "Best College Towns to Start a Business" by Entrepreneur magazine in 2009 and a Five Star Community for it's work to foster entrepreneurial growth.

  • Jackson National Life Opens “The Zone” in Downtown East Lansing
    Jackson National Life invested more than $10 million in the office, which provides flexible work for Michigan State University students and community members. Currently, The Zone provides employment for more than 140 part-time and full-time staff.
     
  • Amtrak Station is Under Construction
    Demolition and construction for the redevelopment of the Capital Area Multi-Modal Gateway (currently the East Lansing Amtrak Station) will begin later this year. Learn more.
     
  • Park District Planning Area Receives Significant Community Input
    DTN Management Company is currently conducting due diligence work under the terms of the pre-development agreement for the Park District project.
     
  • Two Redevelopment Projects Completed on Ann Street Plaza
    The Residences and the St Anne projects brought a total of $16 million of investment in downtown East Lansing, which bring 73 housing units and two restaurants in the reconstructed Ann Street Plaza. The increase in downtown housing helps support a vibrant downtown and diverse retailers.
     
  • East Lansing Identified as a Five-Star Community
    East Lansing was identified again as a five-star community in the state for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development according to the 2013 eCities study, conducted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.
     
  • Hatch Tenant and MSU Student Business, TempoRun, Receives Accolades
    The Hatch tenant and MSU student business TempoRun is the winner of the Student Startup Madness Tournament at the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive! TempoRun was also the winner of the endowment award for undergraduate businesses at the 2013 Green Light Business Model Competition.
     
  • Hatch Tenant and MSU Student Business, TempoRun, Receives Accolades
    The Hatch tenant and MSU student business TempoRun is the winner of the Student Startup Madness Tournament at the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive! TempoRun was also the winner of the endowment award for undergraduate businesses at the 2013 Green Light Business Model Competition.
     
  • Lansing Ranks Among Top Six High-Tech Metro Areas
    Lansing ranks as the sixth top metropolitan area in the U.S. for high-tech job growth of 17.6 percent between 2010 and 2011 according to a study by Engine Advocacy.
     
  • MSU Eli and Edythe Broad Art Celebrates One Year
    East Lansing is home to the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum located on the MSU campus. The three-level building - an art piece in itself - was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. It is a premier venue for international contemporary art. Free admission.
     
  • Lansing Region Named 16th Brainiest City In U.S.
    The Atlantic Cities magazine named Lansing No. 16 on the list of America’s Brainiest Cities. A software program called Lumosity tracked performance in memory, process speed, flexibility, attention and problem solving of more than one million users to collect their data using cognitive capacity as a key metric. Read full story
     
  • The Hatching awards $10,000 to  What’s Mapnin’ at annual LAUNCHED celebration
    Winners of the monthly The Hatching competed for $10,000 at the annual Launched event held at the MSU Broad Art Museum.
     
  • IBM Global Delivery Center and FRIB Come to East Lansing
    Since its opening, IBM has hired nearly people while the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a cutting-edge research facility to advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and the evolution of the cosmos, will provide research opportunities for approximately 1,000 scientists and researchers.
     
  • TIC Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary
    The East Lansing Technology Innovation Center (TIC), a business incubator for start-up companies created to facilitate growth of mid-Michigan’s technology-based economy, celebrated its five-year anniversary. The TIC has been at or near full capacity since its opening in 2008.
     
  • Spartan Technology Development Expands in East Lansing
    East Lansing is growing its manufacturing base with the expansion of Spartan Technology Development’s Working Bugs unit on the city’s northeastern side. The move adds jobs to the new biochemical manufacturing facility.
     
  • LAUNCHED, A Celebration of Lansing-area Entrepreneurship
    Health Numeric, a Technology Innovation Center (TIC) tenant, was awarded the City of East Lansing-sponsored innovation award at the fifth annual LAUNCHED event.
     
  • Biggby Coffee is one of the fastest growing coffee retail franchises in the U.S.
    Biggby Coffee, a specialty coffee, tea, smoothies and baked goods retail chain, founded in East Lansing in 1994, is one of the fastest growing coffee retail franchises in the U.S. The business has moved up on the Entrepreneur Magazine annual Top 500 Franchise Report.
     
  • Lansing-East Lansing Rank #1 in Nation for Job Growth
    The Lansing-East Lansing MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) ranked first in three job growth categories (Goods Producing, Manufacturing and Transportation and Utilities) in a report released in 2012 by Urban Institute’s MetroTrends. The report tracked growth in jobs since June 2009.
     
  • BioPhotonic Solutions Inc. and Phenometrics Inc. receive top awards from GLEQ
    Two East Lansing-based companies, BioPhotonic Solutions Inc. and Phenometrics Inc., received the first and second place award from the Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, a statewide business plan competition, during ACE’12 entrepreneurship event.
     

 

  • Jackson National Life Opens “The Zone” in Downtown East Lansing
    Jackson National Life invested more than $10 million in the office, which provides flexible work for Michigan State University students and community members. Currently, The Zone provides employment for more than 140 part-time and full-time staff.
     
  • Amtrak Station is Under Construction
    Demolition and construction for the redevelopment of the Capital Area Multi-Modal Gateway (currently the East Lansing Amtrak Station) will begin later this year. Learn more.
     
  • Park District Planning Area Receives Significant Community Input
    DTN Management Company is currently conducting due diligence work under the terms of the pre-development agreement for the Park District project.
     
  • Two Redevelopment Projects Completed on Ann Street Plaza
    The Residences and the St Anne projects brought a total of $16 million of investment in downtown East Lansing, which bring 73 housing units and two restaurants in the reconstructed Ann Street Plaza. The increase in downtown housing helps support a vibrant downtown and diverse retailers.
     
  • East Lansing Identified as a Five-Star Community
    East Lansing was identified again as a five-star community in the state for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development according to the 2013 eCities study, conducted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.
     
  • Hatch Tenant and MSU Student Business, TempoRun, Receives Accolades
    The Hatch tenant and MSU student business TempoRun is the winner of the Student Startup Madness Tournament at the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive! TempoRun was also the winner of the endowment award for undergraduate businesses at the 2013 Green Light Business Model Competition.
     
  • Hatch Tenant and MSU Student Business, TempoRun, Receives Accolades
    The Hatch tenant and MSU student business TempoRun is the winner of the Student Startup Madness Tournament at the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive! TempoRun was also the winner of the endowment award for undergraduate businesses at the 2013 Green Light Business Model Competition.
     
  • Lansing Ranks Among Top Six High-Tech Metro Areas
    Lansing ranks as the sixth top metropolitan area in the U.S. for high-tech job growth of 17.6 percent between 2010 and 2011 according to a study by Engine Advocacy.
     
  • MSU Eli and Edythe Broad Art Celebrates One Year
    East Lansing is home to the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum located on the MSU campus. The three-level building - an art piece in itself - was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. It is a premier venue for international contemporary art. Free admission.
     
  • Lansing Region Named 16th Brainiest City In U.S.
    The Atlantic Cities magazine named Lansing No. 16 on the list of America’s Brainiest Cities. A software program called Lumosity tracked performance in memory, process speed, flexibility, attention and problem solving of more than one million users to collect their data using cognitive capacity as a key metric. Read full story
     
  • The Hatching awards $10,000 to  What’s Mapnin’ at annual LAUNCHED celebration
    Winners of the monthly The Hatching competed for $10,000 at the annual Launched event held at the MSU Broad Art Museum.
     
  • IBM Global Delivery Center and FRIB Come to East Lansing
    Since its opening, IBM has hired nearly people while the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a cutting-edge research facility to advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and the evolution of the cosmos, will provide research opportunities for approximately 1,000 scientists and researchers.
     
  • TIC Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary
    The East Lansing Technology Innovation Center (TIC), a business incubator for start-up companies created to facilitate growth of mid-Michigan’s technology-based economy, celebrated its five-year anniversary. The TIC has been at or near full capacity since its opening in 2008.
     
  • Spartan Technology Development Expands in East Lansing
    East Lansing is growing its manufacturing base with the expansion of Spartan Technology Development’s Working Bugs unit on the city’s northeastern side. The move adds jobs to the new biochemical manufacturing facility.
     
  • LAUNCHED, A Celebration of Lansing-area Entrepreneurship
    Health Numeric, a Technology Innovation Center (TIC) tenant, was awarded the City of East Lansing-sponsored innovation award at the fifth annual LAUNCHED event.
     
  • Biggby Coffee is one of the fastest growing coffee retail franchises in the U.S.
    Biggby Coffee, a specialty coffee, tea, smoothies and baked goods retail chain, founded in East Lansing in 1994, is one of the fastest growing coffee retail franchises in the U.S. The business has moved up on the Entrepreneur Magazine annual Top 500 Franchise Report.
     
  • Lansing-East Lansing Rank #1 in Nation for Job Growth
    The Lansing-East Lansing MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) ranked first in three job growth categories (Goods Producing, Manufacturing and Transportation and Utilities) in a report released in 2012 by Urban Institute’s MetroTrends. The report tracked growth in jobs since June 2009.
     
  • BioPhotonic Solutions Inc. and Phenometrics Inc. receive top awards from GLEQ
    Two East Lansing-based companies, BioPhotonic Solutions Inc. and Phenometrics Inc., received the first and second place award from the Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, a statewide business plan competition, during ACE’12 entrepreneurship event.
     

 

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