Greater Lansing Michigan

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09/23/2014   Live Green Lansing, BWL to Unveil Solar-Powered Technology

'Solar Power-Dok’ picnic table to be unveiled at City Market. ... more

09/19/2014   Shop Michigan Expo comes to Lansing on September 26 - UPDATE!

Local and statewide micro, small and diverse business owners and consumers interested in supporting Michigan-owned businesses. ... more

08/06/2014   Get Ready to Walk! Arts Council Announces 517artwalk App!
Folk Festival Provides Perfecting Testing Ground

The Arts Council has been very busy of late preparing for the pilot launch of its new smartphone app, 517artwalk, which will highlight area public art and galleries. The launch will take place on Aug. 8, 2014 and coincide with the kick-off of the Great Lakes Folk Festival. The app will be heavily marketed to Folk Festival guests, allowing the Arts Council to take advantage of the tourism and heavy foot traffic in East Lansing. ... more

07/29/2014   Lansing Region Ties Indianapolis for 13th Best Place in America for New Job Growth (IT Related Data Centers)

LANSING, MI – Again, the Lansing region pops up as a national leader in economic development. In a recent study released by Trade and Industry Development Magazine, the Lansing-East Lansing MSA tied with Indianapolis, IN for the 13th spot in America on the list of Top 25 Metros for New Data Center and Data Processing Jobs which were ranked using Bureau of Labor Statistics figures. More than 15,000 data centers and data processing facilities exist in the U.S. ... more

07/10/2014   Shop Michigan Expo comes to Lansing on September 26
-Expo offers the chance to celebrate diversity and connect consumers

LANSING, MI –The Greater Lansing Area Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. and the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce have partnered with several organizations to host the Shop Michigan Expo on Friday, September 26, 2014. The Expo will be held in Michigan’s Capital City at the Lansing Center, located at 333 E. Michigan Ave. from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. ... more

12/05/2013   The Runway Accepting Applications for Designers-in-Residence

Meet and Greet open to public, December 17, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm LANSING, MI – As the iconic Knapp’s building redevelopment nears completion, anchor-tenant, The Runway fashion and design incubator has begun recruiting creatives for the designer-in-residence program. The first of its kind in the state, The Runway is an open environment for designers to rent space to launch their fashion lines while keeping overhead costs low. The Lansing Economic Development Corporation began the process to open a fashion incubator in 2012 as the burgeoning market began to gain traction nationwide. LEAP provides management of the incubator under a contract for services. ... more

10/31/2013   Three Important Factors for Back-linking (inbound links)

1. Link Popularity 2. Link Reputation 3. Anchor Text ... more

07/31/2013   First public bike share program in Michigan set to launch Sunday in Lansing

Sunday will be a day of firsts. Lansing will be the first city in Michigan to have a public bike share program. And the launch will be the first project of A2B Bikeshare, a new Ann Arbor startup specializing in the niche market. Capital Community Bike Share began about two years ago with one goal: Create a public, fee-based citywide bike program. After years of organizing and fundraising, the goal has been met. ... more

01/08/2013   Quality Suites in Lansing ranks #1 among 990 Quality-brand Hotels

Lansing, Mich. (January, 2013) – What happens when you combine top-rated hospitality with superior hotel accommodations? For Michael Rice, General Manager of the Quality Suites Hotel in Lansing, you achieve the #1 ranking in the nearly 1,000 unit strong Quality Hotel brand. By finishing best in brand, the property has been awarded the 2013 Platinum Award - for the fifth consecutive year. ... more

BluesFest, JazzFest, Mosaic festivals honored

Lansing, Mich. (Nov. 13, 2012) – Several festivals produced by Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) were recognized for their event marketing excellence recently in the Michigan Festivals and Events Association’s MichiganFun Awards. ... more

09/13/2012   LEAP announces $20,000 public art grant program

Funding is available to communities who adopt an official public art policy Lansing, MI – Today, the regional economic development organization, LEAP announced their Public Art for Communities RFP. This program comes out of the LEAP Placemaking workgroup headed up by Steve Curran, President and Creative Director for Harvest Creative Services and Julie Pingston, Senior Vice President of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau. Steve and Julie worked with a team of public and private sector individuals as well as artists to develop an RFP and policy template for regions to adopt. ... more

06/19/2012   Indian Trails and MDOT launch first U.S. bus fleet with ‘hearing loop’ technology

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Indian Trails, Inc., have teamed up to install “hearing loop” technology on a fleet of 17 motorcoaches operating 34 scheduled routes that serve passengers throughout Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. ... more

06/18/2012   LEAP Launches Placemaking Workgroup
Local group and partners strive to make the Lansing region a hub for public art

LANSING – Art and culture matter to economic development. In great part it represents a community’s wealth, sophistication, and creative talent. In other words, art, especially the display of public art, and culture reveals prosperity and opportunity which in turn can help communities and companies more successfully retain and recruit talent. ... more

02/02/2012   Lexington Lansing Hotel wins Overall Excellence in Vantage Hospitality Lexcellence Awards At Annual Conference & Trade Show

Vantage Hospitality Group wrapped up its 11th annual International Educational Conference & Trade Show by handing out its prestigious Lexcellence awards to Lexington Collection members during the gala dinner and awards banquet at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. ... more

07/01/2011   Indian Trails Extends Daily Service into Wisconsin’s Northern Tier

Indian Trails, a premier U.S. motor coach company, has announced the start of new daily scheduled service between Duluth, Minnesota, and points along Wisconsin’s Northern Tier. The new service, which begins on July 1, will extend west from their Upper Peninsula route, which currently ends in Ironwood, Michigan. New points served include Duluth and the Wisconsin cities of Hurley, Ashland, Iron River, Brule and Superior. ... more

06/23/2011   CHOMP! CHOMP! Exhibition Opens June 28 at Lansing Art Gallery

CHOMP! CHOMP! features the works of three Detroit artists, who present different approaches to painting the subject matter of food. The group states, "Food is something everyone can identify with. Food engages our lusts as we indulge in, or attempt to resist rich chocolate cakes, and glazed pastries, big salty hamburgers, and french fries straight out of the deep our American culture, food often reflects a way of life that focuses on bigger, cheaper, faster, and more and more." ... more

06/20/2011   CiesaDesign takes the Gold… Nationally

Adding to its local and regional success, where it captured 13 ADDY Awards, CiesaDesign is excited to announce that it has been awarded a National Gold ADDY. On June 4, 2011, in San Diego, California, in a fiercely competitive field typically dominated by national advertising giants, Old Town’s CiesaDesign was presented with a National Gold ADDY Award for its Spin Bicycles Logo Identity, designed by Creative Director Chris VanWyck. The highest honor within the three-tiered American Advertising Federation’s premier advertising competition, this award celebrates the best in advertising creative produced nationally. ... more

06/16/2011   Rap Superstar, Contemporary Hit Makers Cement Music Festival's 12th Year

On the heels of last year’s capacity crowd for Ludacris, officials announce completion of 2011’s Ground Music Festival Main Stage line-up with rap and television star, LL Cool J. Top-40 chart toppers; southern rock and blues; as well as modern rock and country, further enhance the Common Ground Music Festival’s twelfth year. All tickets are on sale now. ... more

06/02/2011   Rum Runners to Celebrate its 15 Year Anniversary in the Heart of Lansing

15 years ago there was only one Rum Runners in the USA. And as the live entertainment bar and restaurant chain has grown to be in 5 states and entertain hundreds of thousands of guests over many years, one thing has remained the same - it all started in Downtown Lansing, Michigan. ... more

06/01/2011   Quality Suites in Lansing Wins Hotel of the Year Award

What does combining top-rated hospitality with superior accommodations mean for the Quality Suites Hotel in Lansing, Michigan? For General Manager Michael Rice, it means being awarded the coveted Hotel of the Year award by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), franchisor of the Quality brand. The award was announced last month during the company’s 57th annual convention in Boston. ... more

04/22/2011   GLSA Wins Two Awards from the National Association of Sports Commissions

The Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) is pleased to announce that it is the recent recipient of two major awards; Outstanding Website and Member of the Year from the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC). ... more

04/21/2011   Capital Area District Library Presents Michigan Notable Authors

Each year the Library of Michigan honors books and authors that bring the Michigan experience to vivid life. The Capital Area District Library is proud to host presentations by two of this year’s authors, talking about their work and inspirations. Books will be available for sale and signing, with seating on a first-come basis. ... more

04/20/2011   Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery Snags a Dozen Medals at 2011 Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition

Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery, located on US27 North in St. Johns, returned home from the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival in Grand Rapids earlier this month with a dozen new pieces of hardware. According to owner and cider maker Mike Beck, the 8-year-old winery was awarded five gold medals, five silver medals and two bronze medals. ... more

04/18/2011   Wharton Center's 2011-2012 Season Ticket Packages Now Available

Wharton Center announces the 2011-2012 season and the best way to take advantage of it is by becoming a subscriber. Subscribers get the most benefits including the biggest discounts since opening our doors 30 years ago. Subscribers have access to the best seats in the house before they go on sale to the general public. The more you choose, the more you save – up to 20% off public ticket prices! In addition, subscribers receive special offers throughout the season and can take advantage of special incentives including a patron discount card for great offers at local retailers and restaurants. If there was ever a time to renew your subscription or subscribe for the first time, that time is now! ... more

02/15/2011   Greater Lansing Mobile App & Visitor Guide Winners at National Travel Media Competition

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) is proud to announce its Greater Lansing Mobile App won a first place award and the 2010 Greater Lansing Visitor Guide won a second place award from the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). The awards competition, now in its 19th year, honors travel journalists, publications and destination marketing organizations ... more

01/20/2011   Celebrating 60 Years of Auctioneering in Michigan!

The Michigan State Auctioneers Association will celebrate 60 years of Auctioneering in Michigan at their 60th Annual Conference, January 25-28, 2011 at the Causeway Bay Hotel in Lansing. ... more

12/28/2010   Lansing Art Gallery opens in new location

Lansing Art Gallery announces its debut at the new location, 119 N. Washington Sq. The 45 year-old organization will offer a first glimpse of its new location to visitors on January 11, 2011. “I am so pleased to have Mark Chatterley for our first exhibitor in this exciting new space,” states Catherine Babcock, Executive Director. ... more

12/28/2010   The Quality Suites Hotel in Lansing Wins Third Consecutive Platinum Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International

The Quality Suites Hotel in Lansing was recently announced as a recipient of a prestigious 2011 Platinum Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), franchisor of the Quality Suites brand. The property ranked third out of all 916 Quality-branded hotels in the United States. ... more

11/10/2010   Lansing Art Gallery to Relocate

Lansing Art Gallery Board of Directors voted unanimously to relocate the 45-year old organization citing expansion and accessibility as the key reasons for the decision. “Lack of accessibility to second level exhibition spaces and the need for a larger education space were the impetus for the Board of Directors to seek a new location,” stated Lansing Art Gallery Board President, Dan Warmels. ... more

10/18/2010   Lansing Art Gallery Seeks Michigan Artists for Holiday Art Market 2010

Lansing Art Gallery seeks Michigan artists to exhibit during the 2010 Holiday Art Market. A Lansing tradition, Holiday Art Market showcases the artwork of over 100 artists in a variety of media and price points. Lansing Art Gallery, located steps from the Capitol, is accessible to more than 47,000 downtown employees, students and visitors. Lansing Art Gallery will host the 2010 Holiday Art Market November 19th‐December 23rd. ... more

09/20/2010   Lansing Art Gallery announces selected artists for Governor’s Residence Michigan Artists Program, 2010 – 2011 Season

Lansing Art Gallery announces selected artists to exhibit in the Governor’s Residence. Selected artists passed a selection process, with the final choices of artwork being that of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and First Gentleman Daniel G. Mulhern. Artists will be invited to attend a reception at the residence. ... more

09/17/2010   Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Tour Coming to Wharton Center October 17

World-renowned guitarist/composer Pat Metheny has won an extraordinary 17 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 33 times in 12 different categories, more than any other performer in Grammy history. Aside from all the critics' awards and fan accolades, Pat's focus remains continually on the breaking down of barriers and the exploration of new musical ideas. His latest tour is no exception as Pat moves from brilliant solo guitar improvisations to the unveiling of a totally new technology for the presentation of acoustically-driven "solo ensemble" music he is dubbing Orchestrionics. The performance at Wharton Center on Sunday, October 17, 2010, features music from his latest album, Orchestrion, as well as some older tunes from the Metheny songbook ... more

09/01/2010   Arts Council Awards $17,562 for New Arts Collaborations

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing recently awarded $17,562 to local arts and cultural agencies for the second year of its Collaborative Arts Grant Program. Funded by the Council’s Arts Advancement Endowment Fund, the grants encourage local organizations to work together on new projects that promote arts and culture in the community. ... more

08/27/2010   Ben Shiff – Poetic Paintings of Love and Emotion at Saper Galleries

Hope, faith, love and contemplation are the experiences one feels in viewing the paintings Israeli artist Ben Shiff created in his visual poetry now on display at Saper Galleries in downtown East Lansing. ... more

08/27/2010   Featured artist, Barbara Hranilovich will demonstrate encaustic techniques at Lansing Art Gallery

Featured artist, Barbara Hranilovich will demonstrate the technique of Encaustic Painting at Lansing Art Gallery on Thursday, September 9th from 12-2 PM. ... more

08/24/2010   Applications Now Available for City of Lansing Arts and Cultural Grant Programs

LANSING, Mich.—The City of Lansing and the Lansing Economic Development Corporation announce three arts and cultural grant programs for fiscal year 2010 – 2011 to directly impact Lansing arts and culture organizations and residents in order to drive community revitalization in Lansing. The programs include: the City Minigrant Program, the Arts and Cultural Anchors Program, and the newly developed, Sense of Place in the Arts Program. Organizations must meet eligibility criteria, must contribute to the City’s “sense of place” as a part of its cultural economic development philosophy, and must produce collaborative, visible programs that directly impact Lansing residents. Grants will range from $2,500 - $30,000 depending on the program and the number of applicants in each. The project period will run Nov. 1, 2010 – May 1, 2011 ... more

08/23/2010   Fernholz joins Event Depot

Bob Fernholz has joined Event Depot, an award winning, full-service event production company based in East Lansing, Michigan. Fernholz comes to Event Depot with over 15 years of experience working in event production. Event Depot has brought on Fernholz to help support the growing statewide business the company has experienced. ... more

08/23/2010   Greater Lansing Pleased to Welcome Old Historic U.S. 27 Motor Tour

LANSING, Mich.– The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) is pleased to announce that Michigan’s Capital Region will be a key stop for one of the premier automotive events in the State for 2010 – The Old Historic U.S. 27 Motor Tour. ... more

08/19/2010   Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, Conductor & Sarah Chang, Violin

East Lansing, Mich. – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, Conductor, returns to Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall for a special concert on Thursday, October 7 featuring violinist Sarah Chang. The evening program includes: William Schuman’s American Festival Overture; Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 with Sarah Chang on violin and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14. ... more

07/30/2010   Team Lansing Foundation Provides Boost to Regional Visitor Experience With New Tourism Ambassadors Program

LANSING, Mich. – The Team Lansing Foundation and the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce the launch of a formal educational program focused on increased local tourism asset awareness to be known as the Greater Lansing Tourism Ambassadors Program. ... more

07/12/2010   Up-to-date information about Greater Lansing in the palm of your hand!

LANSING, Mich. – The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) is pleased to introduce the Greater Lansing mobile app, available for your iPhone or Blackberry. Download the FREE interactive Greater Lansing app to discover hundreds of listings for attractions, dining, festivals and events, accommodations, shopping and more! ... more

04/21/2010   Officials Announce First Round of Performers for 11th Annual Common Ground Festival

Officials announce five acts for the 11th Annual Common Ground Music Festival, presented by Miller Lite, to be held July 12-18, 2010. Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Jimmy Cliff and TESLA have confirmed their appearances at this year’s festival in downtown Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park ... more

03/12/2010   Dean Trailways of Michigan Introduces Luxury Car Service

Dean Trailways of Michigan now offers business class luxury with the convenience of one-call service. Luxury Car Service will pick you up and drop you off wherever and whenever you wish. No more worries about traffic, parking, security or waiting in long lines. You can even work on your way to your destination. ... more

03/03/2010   Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority Board of Commissioners Appoints President & CEO

Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority’s (LEPFA) Board of Commissioners has declared their unanimous appointment of Scott Keith as the Authority’s permanent president and CEO. ... more

04/09/2009   MSU Project GREEEN Announces $2 Million in New Plant Agriculture Research Grants

Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have been awarded more than $2 million for research and outreach projects to continue growing Michigan’s $71.3 billion agri-food and agri-energy industries. ... more