Economic Development Planning Program

US Economic Development Administration (EDA) Since 1986, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has been an Economic Designated District as appointed by the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA). This designation allows TCRPC to receive planning grant dollars from EDA and provides every municipality within the three-county region eligibility for EDA's different investment programs (if they meet qualifications as set by EDA):
    • Public Works and Economic Development
    • Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA)
    • Research and National Technical Assistance
    • Local Technical Assistance
    • Planning Program
    • University Center Economic Development, and
    • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms

More information can be found on the EDA website: or by contacting TCRPC Economic Development Planner Rachel Elsinga.

Greater Lansing Regional Prosperity Initiative (GLRPI) - formerly LTREP

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission and LEAP, Inc. convene a monthly gathering of economic development professionals from the three county region. Together we are the region's Community Development Collaborators (CDC) and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee (CEDS) for the region. Meetings are third Thursdays at 3 p.m. at the TCRPC offices. Everyone is welcome. 2016 Meeting Schedule

Charles Marhon, founder & president of Strong Towns visited our region in Dec. 2015, please find more information about Strong Towns here.

Urban strategist Michele Reeves presents our Revitalization Toolkit, please find that here.


Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties

To learn more about the state of the region, visit the regional dashboard,

The tri-county region is recognized as a superior place to live and work, do business and make investments. With the economy recovering, this region is gaining momentum in high-tech fields related to life sciences, research and development, advanced manufacturing and related component to the automotive industry. Businesses are supported within a climate that encourages growth and attracting cutting edge research.

The advantages for locating in this region begin with the low costs of doing business; having access to Michigan State University, Lansing Community College and other colleges; access to research companies, excellent transportation systems via land, rail and air, and hosting a workforce that is highly educated, skilled and productive.

  • Over 100 parks with indoor and outdoor recreation facilities for sports, golfing, baseball, biking paths, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, motor boating, fishing, hunting, snow skiing, camping and picnicking.
  • Professional baseball, big ten sports through Michigan State University
  • Cultural entertainment, art and music through festivals, professional theater productions, international art displays, university and local museums, movie theaters and production companies.
  • Excellent public schools, rich and diverse communities, nationally recognized colleges and universities, state of the art hospitals, international airport port of entry, and regional partnerships.
  • Scenic beauty with rivers, lakes, farms, small villages and cities, and access to the great lakes within 1.5 hours going east and west.

Regional Transportation Mobility Report

TCRPC recently submitted a Regional Transit Mobility report to MDOT. As an addendum to the Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI), this report is the first phase of a state of Michigan initiative sparked by Governor Snyder's 2014 message regarding access to transportation: "Michiganders, including many older adults, need regional mobility and transit providers need to become more regionally focused. This is both an urban and rural issue." See the Report Here.