I have lived in Lansing for 30 years and have watched recently change from an aging, auto centric area to one of the most thriving dynamic incubators for new technology! With its cost of living relatively inexpensive compared to either coast Lansing is rapidly becoming THE place for new enterprises.
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The Foundation’s Promoting Equitable, Sustainable Transportation initiative advocates for investment in affordable, environmentally-responsible transit. Read more here.
The Capital Area United Way in Lansing, MI has launch a program to train the next generation of young, community-minded leaders. Participants learn how to identify a problem or issue in their community and then build a network to solve it.
Beyond training young pros to be leaders, the Young Leaders Society is getting people to believe that they have the power to make positive change and that they don’t have to go to where the grass is greener - they can water the grass themselves. In places that were traditionally thought of as the Rust Belt, that’s a powerful thing.
Cities are smart when they support local businesses, farmers, growers and artisans. Lansing, MI’s year-round urban market has been around for more than 100 years and with its recent reinvention, we’re helping more people than ever have access to fresh, nutritious food at affordable prices.
The most rewarding life experience has been the move to New Hampshire where one may enjoy all of nature’s beauty, healthy lifestyle if you want to participate in a variety of sports, and, most importantly, experience the genuine character of the citizens. The majority of people here are open and sharing, will give of themselves to help their community as well as provide monetary support of services that are viewed favorably to maintain a quality of life.
The DownEaster train is extremely important to our people here and offers pleasant and reasonable cost transportation from Massachusetts to Maine. Towns along the track appreciate this wonderful asset and many are leaving cars in the garages to commute by rail. There are dedicated volunteers who service the stations and make every effort to deliver a positive experience to riders. My train station photo is an award that was given to a volunteer of thirty years of service in our town. Along with the photo came the personal respect of the community; something better than what is captured in a photo.
Dover, New Hampshire
As the Community Engagement Consultant at the City of Austin (TX), I’ve helped design and launch speakupaustin.org, one of the few public participation portals in the U.S. The portal is designed to make it clearer and easier for Austinites to engage in robust public policy dialogues across multiple subjects and departments. Many city residents want to have a say in the future of their city, but it’s too difficult or intimidating (or both) to attend and/or participate in a community meeting. Speakupaustin.org is designed to give everyone an opportunity to participate quickly, meaningfully, and effectively, and to interact with our residents with other points of view.
#lovelansing doesn’t need to be a “big” city to be the Next American City!
Bryan Ritchie, MSU professor and director of the Michigan Center for Innovation and Economic Prosperity, discusses MSU’s new entrepreneurial education and support network. “This program itself is entrepreneurial…we are linking existing centers, courses, faculty and students into a flat organizational structure and network, connecting MSU and community service providers and firms into a just-in-time access point.”
Lansing is a smarter city for it’s ability to connect young people to the wider community. Not only does my city have world-ranked institutions, but the people here go above and beyond to ensure that young people feel a meaningful connection to the community. I’m 22 and I am on a board for a prominent non-profit. How you ask? Certainly not because of my own means. But, because people wanted me to stay here and wanted me to contribute to the community in meaningful ways. They wanted me to feel connected and they wanted a young voice. Lansing’s ability to connect young people in meaningful ways and the community’s valuation of those connections are what makes my city a smarter city. In turn, we’ve been able to do awesome things through cross generational collaboration.
By putting their meeting videos online, Lancaster County, PA, went from an annually measureable reach of approximately 1,000 constituents to an actual measured reach of over 50,000 in just over two years.
I live in the Next American City because I am a part-owner of my community’s integrated infrastructure company. I do not continually pay rent in the form of transmission fees; rather I own the value of my infrastructure with my neighbors. Whats more, we spend less money for utility services than the average because our neighborhood heat network is integrated to resource recovery from wastewater. We also buy and sell electricity in bulk, giving us a better position in the electricity market. In the past few years, we have accumulated funds and will vote on how to reinvest back into the neighborhood (building a community center is our top priority). Now, developers are approaching us to learn how we organized a local infrastructure company that creates value across the triple-bottom line.
Nels Nelson, Boston, USA
The first Capital Bikeshare station was installed today at 18th and Bell Streets in Arlington, adjacent to Crystal City Metro.
With 19 bike docks, the station will be the largest in Arlington as well as the first. The components all came pre-fabricated and just had to be unloaded and pieced together. It took workers a little over an hour to perform the job, which they did with the help of a small crane.
In addition to bike docks, the station includes panels for paying and maps. Bikes will come in a couple of weeks when the system is closer to launch.
See below 41 photos showing the installation process from start to finish.
With social media services allowing people to tag the locations of the photos they’ve uploaded, check-in to shops, bars and parks online, and have geolocation attached to their tweets, it’s clear that online technologies and the city are becoming increasingly integrated, with no signs of this stopping. This data is accessible and is already being utilised by a variety of innovative applications, further suggesting that data, technology and the built environment will soon be fully intertwined.
We already have maps that show user generated photographs from the area, mobile applications showing local social media activity, and websites like fixmystreet.com that allow you to report issues with your city and monitor their progress as they are resolved. Technological progress is already changing the way we interact with the built environment.
Lunch with a Purpose started as an idea and has become a reality. As a group, Lunch with a Purpose volunteers each week for a different community organization. Whether it’s cooking food or folding bed sheets, a lot of people with a little time make a huge difference. Each week Lunch with a Purpose continues to grow, sharing time and talents to better the Lansing community.
Their mission is to support local area charities and non-profits by making contributions of personal time and effort as well as monetary donations and fund-raising assistance.
The Capital Area IT Council Tech Tours program provides local college students with opportunities to explore the Greater Lansing community through a series of unique “live, work and play” experiences.
The Tech Tours — held one or twice a year — are sponsored by TechSmith, Sircon, Dewpoint and Delta Dental. Each tour provides students with an opportunity to visit at least three IT companies in the Lansing area, tour a living complex downtown and end the day with a social networking event at one of the city’s many hot spots.
Since the Tech Tours program began in November 2007, students have toured over 20 Lansing companies in the technology field. Some of these companies include TechSmith and Liquid Web — who have each earned a spot on the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America — and IBM — who was an esteemed stop on the November 2009 Tech Tour.
Apartment complex and loft tours have included the best ammenities that downtown has to offer — Motor Wheel Lofts, Arbaugh Lofts and The Stadium District.
One of the most worthwhile parts of the tour is the social networking hour. Students and IT professionals meet at locations like the owner’s suite at Cooley Law School Stadium, The Exchange and Tavern on the Square, where food and beverage is provided and network connections are made.
The Capital Area IT Council Tech Tours are an irreplaceable way for Lansing to retain talent and offer students the very best this city has to offer.