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The Main Priority

Energizing Downtown Lansing

Main Street Difference

Utilizing the Main Street Four-Point Approach, downtown Lansing will grow to be highly self-reliant with representation and involvement from a broad cross-section of the community. The growth and success of downtown Lansing will be further achieved by reaching out to downtown stakeholders, increasing the lines of communication and engaging the community in the Main Street program. The roads into our city must be exciting and robust. The roads out of our city should spread our unique story, enhance perception by exceeding expectations, and thereby grow the reputation and continue the transformation of downtown Lansing into a world-class capital city.

Downtown Lansing Main Street

Downtown Lansing became a designated Michigan Main Street community in February of 2013 by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The National Trust Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach is a proven comprehensive downtown revitalization strategy for traditional commercial districts.

We take a smart, common sense approach to building a vibrant Lansing through historic preservation, community self-reliance, and local ownership.

Our goal is to strengthen the social economic health of our downtown and our community.

Downtown Lansing Inc. is proud to have a nationally accredited Main Street program. The DLI Board of Directors is pleased to offer a look at Organization, Design, Public Spaces, Promotions and Business Development Committee Work Plans for FY2017.

Four Point Plan

Transformation Strategies are implemented through comprehensive work in four broad areas, known as the Four Points:

ECONOMIC VITALITY focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies. 
DESIGN supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart. 
PROMOTION positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics. 
ORGANIZATION involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.