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Michigan State University Programs

Land Policy Institute

At the core of the Land Policy Institute's (LPI) mission is to resource policy makers at the federal, state, and local level with science-based tools and solutions that help build a better quality of life, strengthen the economy, and protect the environment in ways that are fair to all.

People and Land

The People and Land (PAL) vision for Michigan’s future is one shared by businesses, researchers, and thought leaders. Together, we are planning a Michigan that will have a key role in the new knowledge-based economy. Michigan is poised to provide a uniquely beautiful home for New Economy growth by applying strategic planning and smart policies that focus on what we must have to succeed. Together, we must focus on six key Pillars for Prosperity that will serve as a foundation for Michigan’s future.

Successful regions in Michigan have organized themselves around one objective—to plan for the kind of growth that would make them good places to live, work, and play. Working together with Michigan’s universities, the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute, and Public Sector Consultants Inc., PAL is providing technical assistance and funding planning initiatives in regions that have demonstrated the leadership to make change.

Regional Programs

East Lansing Technology Innovation Center

The City of East Lansing, in partnership with the Lansing Regional SmartZone, the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority and the Local Development Finance Authority, has created the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) in Downtown East Lansing to facilitate the development of the technology-based economy of the mid-Michigan region and bolster the region's professional workforce. The TIC features 7,000 square feet of newly renovated, loft-style office space overlooking downtown East Lansing’s Grand River Avenue and the beautiful Michigan State University campus. The three main objectives of the Technology Innovation Center are:

  • Identify and support high technology business opportunities
  • Promote long-term and sustainable economic development in East Lansing and the region
  • Support the business community by providing affordable office space and services, training, funding sources, mentoring and a network of professional advisers

Grand River Connection

The Grand River Connection seeks to develop a stronger network to support Lansing and East Lansing's young and vital workforce. Our diverse, non-partisan group provides fun, social, and professional connections that encourage economic growth and community involvement where we live, work, and play.

Capital Gains

Capital Gains is an online magazine and web site showcasing thegrowth and investmentstransforming the Lansing region. Capital Gains tells the story of the city’s entrepreneurs, investments, neighborhoods, and arts and culture with the latest development and jobs news in the Lansing area. Featuring original stories and photography, Capital Gains will have you seeing the Capital City differently.