Regionalism is a buzzword that’s uttered throughout metropolitan communities across the country, and mid-Michigan is no exception. Proponents say it’s more than a lofty ideal whereby the assets and resources of large cities benefit the surrounding suburbs. They claim in hard economic times, regionalism is a lifeline for survival.
Today, the cities of Lansing and East Lansing are announcing a collaboration with four outlying townships to share fire protection services. Their decision to enter into three new agreements is based on a 2012 study funded in part by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. The six municipalities will formally announce their plan today.
East Lansing City Clerk Marie McKenna and Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce president Tim Daman joined Current State to talk about this alliance.