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Chamber recognizes 10 young professionals to watch in next decade

Capital Gains Managing Editor Suban Nur Cooley was among 10 of Greater Lansing's top young professionals honored through the eighth annual "10 Over the Next Ten" awards coordinated by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grand River Connection.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Open to those under 35 who had worked in mid-Michigan for at least two years, the annual awards aim to recognize Greater Lansing’s future business and community leaders over the next decade."
 
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Emergent BioSolutions to manufacture new anthrax vaccine

A $29 million contract between the federal government and Emergent BioSolutions ensures that the next generation of the nation's only anthrax vaccine will be made in Lansing.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The five-year contract with the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will fund production and other 'non-clinical functions' as the company prepares to seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the 'investigational new drug,' the company said earlier this month. NuThrax would be a dry version that could survive without expensive cold storage during shipping.

"At the same time, Emergent also is working to expand production of BioThrax, the only FDA-approved anthrax vaccine, at its Lansing plant."
 
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Sparrow blends home care services with Hayes Green Beach

In what officials call a cost-effective move, Sparrow Health Services will consolidate home care services with the Charlotte-based Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. The 25 to 30 home care clients served by Hayes Green Beach will join the more than 75 clients Sparrow serves in Eaton County. Services include in-home physical, occupational and speech therapy, and home health aide services.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"…the consolidation will be more efficient for Hayes Green Beach, saving $12,000 annually. In addition, the consolidation will help the local hospital avoid the expense of upgrading billing software - something that would cost about $20,000."
 
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IBM gets state grant to train and hire workers

A $500,000 grant awarded to IBM by the Michigan Strategic Fund will enable IBM to add 100 jobs to its East Lansing location at 600. E. Crescent Road. The performance-based grant was given to IBM in part to cover training costs associated with the new positions.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Armonk, New York-based information technology firm says it will invest $200,000 with the hiring at its software application delivery center … IBM employs more than 1,500 in Michigan."
 
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Sales growth prompts local manufacturer to expand facility, add jobs

Cameron Tool Corp. in Lansing plans to spend $1 million to expand operations at its 1800 Basset Ave. facility to keep pace with recent sales growth. The tool and die maker's project is contingent on the city granting a tax incentive that would cut the manufacturer's property taxes in half for 12 years.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The company said in its application to city council that the expansion would keep 75 jobs and add 10 more — mostly skilled diemakers and machinists … The positions earn a median wage of $15 per hour."
 
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Renovations, hiring underway as Kroger repositions in the Lansing market

The Cincinnati-based Kroger has revamped a store in Lansing and announced plans to hire 90 workers in mid-Michigan as the grocery chain looks to secure its place in a competitive market.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Kroger - which also has stores in the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing, Delta Township, East Lansing, Okemos and St. Johns - said it spent $2 million to remodel the 60,250-square-foot Holmes store, relocating some departments, updating decor and installing new checkout lanes."

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More retail, apartments proposed for downtown by Knapp's Centre developers

Developers behind the renovation of the Knapp's Centre in downtown Lansing want to breathe new life into two empty storefronts directly across the street from the iconic building. Ground floor retail and eight upstair apartments are among the features of the proposed project slated to open next spring.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The storefronts — 228 and 232 S. Washington Square, across Washtenaw from the new Knapp's Centre — most recently were home to a Hallmark Gold Crown gift store and Capital City Books and Magazines.

"George F. Eyde Family LLC, a company owned by leaders of Meridian Township-based Eyde Co., pitched the $1.5 million project. It would total 13,500 square feet, with nearly half of it devoted to retail. Eight upstairs apartments would be offered at market rates, developer Nick Eyde said."
 
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Leaders break ground on new headquarters for Williamston police

City and civic leaders recently broke ground on a new police headquarters in Williamston that will replace the annex blown down in the 2007 tornado. The building will be the first in the city's history completely dedicated to police.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Williamston Police Chief Bob Young said the new building has been in the planning stages since the Annex was destroyed; the only question was how to pay for it. …
 
"The goal is to have the building ready for occupancy in February of next year.

"The building will include an interview room, safe and secure evidence and weapons storage, office space, updated equipment and technology."
 
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Developers foresee effect of FRIB on regional economy

As foundations are poured and walls go up, economic developers anticipate the upcoming Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University will also accelerate the economy of the surrounding region.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"… students in Michigan State University’s Urban and Regional Planning practicum course … authored a recent report titled 'Accelerating Capital: Growing the Greater Lansing Region and Investment through Rare Isotopes.'
 
"… aside from scientific advances, the report notes 'The FRIB could be an anchor to MSU, East Lansing, and the Greater Lansing Region.'

"In similar areas, technology clusters have driven local economies. The students looked at similar facilities as case studies for comparison, including Fermilab in Chicago and TRIUMF in Vancouver. But realistically, this facility will be one of a kind."
 
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Five things to know about Fresh Thyme as it comes to East Lansing

Described as a hybrid between Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will open the doors on new store near the campus of Michigan State University in 2015.  East Lansing is among the first of seven planned locations in Michigan for the natural organic specialty store, supported with a major investment from Meijer, Inc.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Like a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, Fresh Thyme is expected to draw from a much larger drive time or ring around a store than a traditional supermarket might pull from because the store is a specialty shop.
 
"Fresh Thyme was designed to be a full-service grocery store, but … it will likely be one of several stops for an average shopper."
 
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MSU Federal Credit Union opens new branch in Mason

Mason joined the growing list of cities and suburbs hosting a branch office of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. The MSUFCU's newest branch features a 24-hour, drive-up ATM and will employ 12 people.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"With the Mason location, the East Lansing-based credit union has 12 local offices and two affiliated with Oakland University. It has more than 185,000 members and nearly $2.7 billion in assets."
 
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Eastwood Towne Center to welcome Massachusetts-based J.Jill clothier

The upscale women's clothing store J.Jill will join the growing lineup of new retailers that have found space in the Eastwood Towne Center in the past several months.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Quincy, Massachusetts-based retailer plans a 3,600-square-foot store between the Express and American Eagle apparel stores …

"The storefront previously was home to New York-based Aeropostale Inc., which closed its Eastwood store in January."

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East Lansing places in top 10 of most walkable small cities in nation

If you're looking for a livable community where you can "get your walk on," East Lansing may be just the place. According to a recent U.S. Census report, the Michigan State college town appears at the top of the walkability scale when ranked among smaller cities.

According to excerpts from the article:
"Between the years of 2008 and 2012, East Lansing was ranked eighth on the list of most walkable small cities (those with population between 20,000 and 99,999), with 23.3 percent of residents saying they walk to work."
 
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Eaton Rapids to open new dog park

Two-legged residents of Eaton Rapids will soon have a space to romp with their four-legged companions when city and community organizers unleash a new public dog park at the end of August.

According to excerpts from the article:
"The new park, under construction since mid-July at 200 Eaton Pines Blvd., next to Rose Hill Cemetery, … will offer separate fenced-in play areas for both large and small dogs, a quarter-mile walking trail for leashed animals, parking and open space."

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Dramatic expansion nearly complete at Dart's Mason site

About 400 new jobs are projected to come to the Mason area as Dart Container wraps up construction on the company's largest local expansion in a half century. The nearly $50 million investment in a new office building and warehouse will accommodate operations for the Solo Cup Company which Dart acquired in 2012.

According to excerpts from the article:
"Dart's expansion is not stopping there. The company is investing an additional $10 million to renovate buildings at the Mason site. Those changes will include a 10,000 square foot fitness center and adding more office space."

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