Working in the field of economic development, I’ve traveled to practically every corner of Pure Michigan over the past three years. During this time, I’ve noticed that communities appeal to Millennials based on three P’s: People, Places, and Potential.
So why #LoveLansing?
For starters, many prominent individuals can trace some of their earliest successes back to Lansing. Creators of large financial companies, Pulitzer prize-winning journalists, politicians, hall of fame basketball stars, and the co-founder of Google have all helped shape history, with Lansing being the common denominator that binds them all.
When discussing vibrant urban areas, you will not find a place with more accessible amenities than right here in the Capital Area. I grew up about 15 minutes outside of the city, and there is certainly a different look and feel to Lansing compared to 5, 10, and especially 20 years ago.
Lansing has a little of everything for everyone. Unique local bars, breweries, sports venues, parks and recreational areas, museums, art galleries, and walkable communities. You haven’t lived until you have ventured out on a warm summer night, sampling local craft beers and catching a Lansing Lugnuts game with close friends. Developers around the area have recognized the true potential of Lansing as a top destination for young professionals, and the commercial and residential development that has taken place over the past several years only serves as the beginning to positive, dynamic change.
Lastly, what does Lansing offer in terms of potential? Young professionals who are in the early stages of their career often consider major metropolitan areas like Chicago, New York or San Francisco when embarking on a new life adventure. But do you want to go to a place where it’s already been done and risk being lost in a crowd, or do you wish to make an impact in a community eager for fresh ideas and brilliant millennial talent? I know which path I would prefer, and it’s the main reason why I remain committed to showcasing the Lansing area for all it has to offer, even if it means I have to buy you an Angry Mayor IPA to cap off a convincing exhibition.
Ryan Hundt is an active member of the Lansing 5:01 staff, helping with sponsorship and employer partner engagement, among other things. During the day, Ryan serves as a Project Manager of Talent Resources for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), which allows him to fulfill his passion for local and statewide economic development. Ryan and his wife recently moved to Leslie, and are proud residents of the Greater Lansing region.
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