Business leaders ask Governor Whitmer to send financial support to Lansing

LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – A group of Central Michigan business owners are calling on Governor Whitmer to invest some federal COVID-19 recovery money in Lansing.

In a letter sent to Governor Julie Pingston (President and CEO Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau), Robert L. Trezise (President and CEO Lansing Economic Area Partnership) and Tim Daman (President and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce) asked him to invest $5 million in downtown Lansing.

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Last year, the state of Michigan canceled more than one million square feet of office space in the city. The downtown vacancy rate has more than doubled for first-floor retail space, and it’s estimated that half of Michigan’s typical downtown workers are still working remotely, which , they say, has had a negative impact on businesses in downtown Lansing.

“COVID has dealt a devastating blow to Michigan communities, especially inner-city urban communities. However, we strongly believe that no downtown area has been more negatively impacted than downtown Lansing,” the group wrote. “We are at ground zero for the pandemic. We are the state capital. Local business owners … who have managed to survive the pandemic so far are now on life support, with no end in sight.

A full copy of the letter is included below.

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