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What makes a city 'smart,' anyway?

In recent years, urban planners, cross-sector leaders, and city enthusiasts have trumpeted the rise of "smart cities." As that conversation gets louder across here in Lansing and across the globe, we can't help but ask: What exactly makes a city smart? 

How smart of a city is Lansing?

As Lansing works to become a smarter city economically, environmentally, and socially - we can't help but wonder just how we are doing compared to the conceptual view of what makes a city smart. 

Restoration, incubation and the return of the Knapp's Building

The Knapp's Building has always offered Lansing residents a glimpse into the past. Now, as home to The Runway, the first fashion incubator in the state, it's moving the state forward, while helping sustain a piece of Lansing's rich history.

Shift to urban living kindles interest in leading the tiny life

Immersed in an ever-changing economic landscape, millennials and baby boomers are exploring ways to live simpler lives in more efficient spaces. In Lansing, new developments and traditional neighborhoods provide a wealth of opportunity for those looking to live small.

Lansing Maker Week: Providing a venue for garage-style innovators, creators and entrepreneurs

The startup and maker community in the Capital region has been growing for some time. Lansing Maker Week now gives these budding entrepreneurs and innovators a venue to connect, collaborate and showcase what they've been dreaming up.

Lansing Businesses Take Advantage of Government Contracting

Small businesses in the Capital region are taking advantage of government contracting, bringing millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs every year into the local economy. While other regions have seen their government work decline, Tri-County businesses continue to secure more contracts through a program at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

Going deeper underground to support Lansing's nonprofits

Underground of Good is a group of people who care about the community that come together four times a year, pitch in money, and give to a local cause they care about. It's that easy … and it's making a difference.

A sustainable pint: Dark Horse Brewery adds energy efficiencies

Behind the funky accoutrements of the Dark Horse Brewery tap room, the cadre of bearded brewers and cellar men, and some of the best-tasting beers in mid-Michigan, a highly energy-efficient brewing process is in the making. 

Teaching kids to shape a healthy future for Lansing's rivers

Throughout the Lansing area, the GRAND Learning Network is partnering with schools and communities in an effort to teach the next generation about our beautiful state, and their role in preserving its resources.

Lansing Roots: Giving farming and gardening entrepreneurs a chance to grow

Next time you buy a delicious bunch of locally grown carrots at a farmer's market, or enjoy fresh snap peas or mustard greens at a neighborhood restaurant, you may well be supporting a new farmer who got their market garden up and running with the Lansing Roots Program.

Lansing's growing Turning Point program transforms boys into men

Turning Point is a burgeoning mentoring program in the Capital region serving African American and Hispanic young men. Following an Afro-centric curriculum based on the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the volunteer-run program provides crucial social and relational skills needed for the adult world.

Capital Area Crisis Rugby working to bring a Midwest championship to Lansing

First we had a professional baseball team … then there was a soccer team. And now, Lansing has its own professional rugby team, gearing up to bring the Midwest championship to our city.

Paws for compassion: Therapy dogs help those in need

More and more hospitals, schools and service organizations are finding that the qualities that make dogs man's best friend also make them instinctual providers of the unconditional love, compassion and care needed to heal. 

Mid-Michigan's growing craft distillery movement

By now, it's common to visit a winery or brewery in Michgian, but where can you go to get a locally made glass of bourbon? Or whiskey? Up until recently, that was a question without a good answer. But, the distilling industry is steadily growing and soon Lansing residents won't have to go far.

Renegade: Taking free theater, cabaret and poetry to the streets of Old Town

If your plans for mid August don't include a day or two spent in Old Town at the Renegade Theatre Festival, you need to revisit your calendar. Three days of comedy and drama, children's theatre and spoken word, cabaret and performance art. Truly, there's something here for everyone.
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