Local plan to inspire economic opportunity

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Economic redevelopment, it’s something southwest Lansing has been long hoping for and now all eyes are on the area as it gains more money for just that.

“When business is good everything is good.”

Small business owner Revan Herfy wants economic growth and redevelopment in southwest Lansing.

“I think this grant is extremely, extremely important for the area to beautify it, to make it a better area for the shoppers, for the consumers and also for the business owners,” said Revan Herfy, owner, 1910 Meat Market.

Those hopes are coming true.

On Tuesday the Lansing Economic Area Partnership was awarded a $50,000 grant to spur economic action in the community.

“This is an area that has struggled in all honesty and we can do even more and better work. This is a grassroots approach where the citizens are involved from start to finish,” said Bob Trezise, president, LEAP.

It’s a partnership between the state and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

They’re working on taking on at-risk and under-served areas in Michigan and southwest Lansing was selected.

“This is going to build a strong initiative to create jobs and to create entrepreneurial-ism and do a lot of good work here in southwest Lansing.”

The grant will help LEAP hire a consultant who will then form a team who understands economic opportunities in the area.

“This is going to be a nontraditional economic development plan. This is a different kind of plan. It’s grassroots, it’s organic, it’s built from the people up.”

People like Herfy, who thinks economic growth is needed and a long time coming.

“It’s been so long there has no been change in the south west Lansing community and I feel that it’s finally enough,” said Revan Herfy.

And they aren’t wasting any time-the initiative started Tuesday.

According to LEAP, the economic plan for redevelopment of southwest Lansing should be finished by next year.

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