economic development http://wkar.org en City finance expert: Lansing ballpark plan a step forward http://wkar.org/post/city-finance-expert-lansing-ballpark-plan-step-forward <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It’s hard to tell with all the new snow, but we’re three weeks away from &nbsp;the “Crosstown Showdown” home opener between the <a href="http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t499">Lansing Lugnuts</a> and the MSU Spartans. Yesterday, Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and city leaders announced plans for a $22-million development at <a href="http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20130228&amp;content_id=42085626&amp;sid=t499&amp;vkey=team1">Cooley Law School Stadium</a>.</span> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:37:43 +0000 Current State 50596 at http://wkar.org City finance expert: Lansing ballpark plan a step forward New Prima Civitas chief seeks to enhance mission http://wkar.org/post/new-prima-civitas-chief-seeks-enhance-mission <p></p><p>Since 2006, East Lansing's Prima Civitas has been a catalyst for economic and community development --initially in mid-Michigan and eventually across the state. &nbsp;The non-profit brings together business owners, entrepreneurs and Michigan State University resources to spark economic growth.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:06:43 +0000 Current State 50268 at http://wkar.org New Prima Civitas chief seeks to enhance mission Jones Soda honors Michigan with new line http://wkar.org/post/jones-soda-honors-michigan-new-line <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:16:56 +0000 Current State 41030 at http://wkar.org Once found only in developing world, microfinance takes root in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/once-found-only-developing-world-microfinance-takes-root-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The concept of </span>microfinance<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- essentially small loans given to entrepreneurs who are too little or too under-funded to qualify for traditional bank loans -- has exploded in the developing world.&nbsp;</span></p><p>One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called <a href="http://www.kivadetroit.org/Kiva_Detroit/Kiva_Detroit.html">Kiva</a>, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">About two years ago, with the help of <a href="http://www.michigancorps.org/">Michigan Corps</a>, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, </span>Kiva<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> became the first </span>microfinance<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded </span>Kiva’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> platform into Flint.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:26:22 +0000 Current State 38085 at http://wkar.org Once found only in developing world, microfinance takes root in Michigan Entrepreneurship efforts expanding in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/entrepreneurship-efforts-expanding-michigan <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Economic developers in Michigan suggest there may be a silver lining to the Great Recession and the state’s well-documented decline in manufacturing.&nbsp; Some point to a greater awareness of </span>entrepreneurialism<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and to more interest in small business start-ups around the state.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 19:04:48 +0000 Current State 35900 at http://wkar.org Entrepreneurship efforts expanding in Michigan #lovelansing: Community-building in the 21st century http://wkar.org/post/lovelansing-community-building-21st-century <p></p><p></p><p>A unique community has evolved around the #lovelansing Twitter hashtag. It started as a way for Lansing-lovers to tweet the places they go and things they do. It’s now full of retail and restaurant specials, sure, but also links to <em>Lansing State Journal </em>articles, cultural events, and it’s even been used to rally volunteers during a holiday shortage of meal deliverers.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:02:41 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 30957 at http://wkar.org New report shows economic impact of arts in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/new-report-shows-economic-impact-arts-michigan <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.9861012643936348" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">When people think of &nbsp;Michigan's economy, their minds likely don't turn to art. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">However, a new <a href="http://news.artservemichigan.org/2013/01/michigan-a-creative-state-you-can-take-that-to-the-bank/">report</a> may get Michigan's creative sector a second look. The non-profit organization ArtServe released its second annual “Creative State Michigan” study last week. The report suggests that creative and cultural enterprises have a positive effect on the state’s economy.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:30:16 +0000 Mark Bashore 30726 at http://wkar.org Current State #12 | January 29, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-12-january-29-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State: </em>Coverage of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's "State of the City" address, a tour of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, MIRS' Craig Mauger discusses his lengthy interview with House Speaker Jase Bolger, and the economic impact of Michigan's public universities.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:31:59 +0000 Current State 30282 at http://wkar.org Current State #12 | January 29, 2013 Current State #2 | January 15, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-2-january-15-2013 <p>On today's <em>Current State</em>: Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski discusses guns, we also highlight economic development in Lansing, pianist Minsoo Sohn and Michigan's role in the Civil War.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:02:55 +0000 Current State 29648 at http://wkar.org Current State #2 | January 15, 2013 Lansing Has Plan for Expanded Red Cedar Project http://wkar.org/post/lansing-has-plan-expanded-red-cedar-project <p>A review team has selected a development plan for Lansing's so-called Red Cedar Renaissance project.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:23:23 +0000 Mark Bashore 22223 at http://wkar.org Lansing Has Plan for Expanded Red Cedar Project Democrats Want to Shift Energy Grants to Loan Fund http://wkar.org/post/democrats-want-shift-energy-grants-loan-fund <p>Some Democrats at the state Capitol say Michigan should offer loans instead of grants to help businesses that want to break into the alternative energy field.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 22:36:32 +0000 Rick Pluta 16943 at http://wkar.org Democrats Want to Shift Energy Grants to Loan Fund reWorking Michigan: Green Infrastructure Can Drive Economic Growth http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-green-infrastructure-can-drive-economic-growth <p>Can parks, natural areas and waterways affect employment growth and income?&nbsp; Yes, according to a new study by the Land Policy Institute and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:30:00 +0000 Gretchen Millich 12386 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Green Infrastructure Can Drive Economic Growth