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It’s hard to tell with all the new snow, but we’re three weeks away from  the “Crosstown Showdown” home opener between the Lansing Lugnuts and the MSU Spartans. Yesterday, Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and city leaders announced plans for a $22-million development at Cooley Law School Stadium.

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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.  The non-profit brings together business owners, entrepreneurs and Michigan State University resources to spark economic growth.

Jones Soda honors Michigan with new line

Aug 20, 2013

 

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The concept of microfinance -- 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. 

One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called Kiva, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members. About two years ago, with the help of Michigan Corps, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, Kiva became the first microfinance effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded Kiva’s platform into Flint.

Entrepreneurship efforts expanding in Michigan

May 15, 2013
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Economic developers in Michigan suggest there may be a silver lining to the Great Recession and the state’s well-documented decline in manufacturing.  Some point to a greater awareness of entrepreneurialism and to more interest in small business start-ups around the state. 

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 Lansing State Journal articles, cultural events, and it’s even been used to rally volunteers during a holiday shortage of meal deliverers.

Early users Robin Miner-Swartz and Belinda Thurston discuss the evolution of the #lovelansing hashtag.

When people think of  Michigan's economy, their minds likely don't turn to art.

However, a new report 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.

Current State #12 | January 29, 2013

Jan 29, 2013
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Today on Current State: 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.

Current State #2 | January 15, 2013

Jan 15, 2013
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On today's Current State: 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.

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A review team has selected a development plan for Lansing's so-called Red Cedar Renaissance project.

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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.

Can parks, natural areas and waterways affect employment growth and income?  Yes, according to a new study by the Land Policy Institute and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University.