Business

Food Processing and Innovation Center
Courtesy image / Michigan State University

Michigan is known for its strong agricultural industry. In the Lansing area, plans are moving forward to create the Michigan Food Innovation District. We talk with the two co-managers of the project, David Spencer and Brent Forsberg.


Kean's photo
Courtesy photo / Kean's store

In Mason, a favorite store has reopened after being closed to repair damage after a fire this summer. Current State’s Scott Pohl takes us to Kean’s to see what’s the same, and what’s new, at the downtown landmark.


dairy cows photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

U.S. farmers are fighting the EPA’s recent Waters of the U.S. rule, calling it intrusive. We get an update on how Michigan’s largest farmer’s organization, the Michigan Farm Bureau, is responding and a look at the MFB’s 2016 agenda.


Peckham photo
Courtesy photo / Peckham, Incorporated

The Snyder administration is calling on all state agencies to coordinate their efforts to improve job access for persons with disabilities. We talk about the Employment First program with two local nonprofit executives who work to build that workplace culture for persons with disabilities.


LEAP launches nuclear business recruitment plan

Nov 18, 2015
Peters FRIB photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Economic developers see an opportunity to make the Lansing area a hub for particle accelerator businesses. We talk with Steve Willobee, Chief Operating Officer of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, and Rachel Kuntzsch, a business and economic development consultant whose company came up with the action plan.


River City MRKT holiday store pops up in REO Town

Nov 18, 2015
River City MRKT photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

The holiday shopping season is upon us. If you’re looking for something unique or hoping to avoid the long lines at the mall, a pair of local Lansing artists have just the thing. We talk to Debbie Carlos and Amalia Boukos, co-founders of River City MRKT, a pop-up arts and crafts shop in Lansing’s REO Town.

Multimodel Gateway photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Today is the first day of intercity bus service at the new Capital Area Multimodal Gateway. Three carriers will operate from the station, which will  offer about 150 parking spaces. The new Amtrak facility will be finished later this year. We talk with CATA Assistant Executive Director Debbie Alexander.


Auto journalist analyzes UAW-GM pact

Nov 6, 2015
Aerial view of auto assembly plant
Courtesy / Second Shift

General Motors’ 52,000 UAW workers are voting on a proposed new contract with the automaker. We get an update and explore what the agreement could mean with Crain’s Automotive’s GM beat writer Mike Colias.

Emil's exterior photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Lansing’s oldest restaurant, Emil’s, closes its doors today. Current State talks with owner Paul Grescowle about what he’ll remember most about his time there, and what he has planned next.


Mickey Hirten photo
WKAR File Photo

Lansing journalist Mickey Hirten joins us to share some of his recent reporting which includes stories on the upcoming "Maker Week" and on the capital city's healthy real estate market.

two men building skateboard ramp
Jerry Norris

Many businesses get their start with the help of an incubator, a company that offers support and training to startups. Current State talks to some of the people behind Grand Ledge Fledge, a local incubator trying to enhance the culture and fill vacant storefronts in the city's downtown.  

winery photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

When you think of Michigan’s wine country,  you probably think of the vineyards in places like Traverse City or the Leelanau Peninsula.

But while the sandy soil along the lakeshore is where most of the state’s wine grapes are grown, there are plenty of wineries in other parts of the state.  

Burgdorf’s Winery in Haslett is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

When owners Deb and Dave Burgdorf started the winery 10 years ago, they were actually working out of their garage.  They’ve expanded since then.  

American Airlines plane photo
James Willamor / Flickr Creative Commons

Sun Country Airlines operates flights from Lansing to Washington D.C., but the carrier is leaving town in October. Now, the biggest name in U.S. aviation is hoping to take over that market. Current State speaks with Bob Selig of the Capital Region Airport Authority.


Matthew McLeod and David Kositchek
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Kositchek’s department store has been dressing Lansing men in high-end suits for 150 years. The store is a fourth generation family business. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with president David Kositchek.

Mid-Michigan entrepreneur warns of "patent trolls"

Jul 15, 2015
Tom Stewart photo
Courtesy Tom Stewart / NEO Center

Lansing entrepreneur Tom Stewart says "patent trolls" undermine legitimate business, burdening them with costly legal fees.

Michigan is home to a diverse array of industries.  Long gone are the days when auto manufacturing was the sole driver of our state’s economy.  Our 21st century economy constantly demands new advances in technology and innovation.

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