Our hometown has made its mark on the world. Here are four reasons to celebrate the power of the 517.
Olds Motor Vehicle Co., later known as Oldsmobile, was founded in Lansing by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. The area’s automotive legacy continues and is expanding with General Motors announcing plans to invest $36 million at its Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant.
Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, one of the country’s first institutions of higher education to teach scientific agriculture. MSU has 17,500 acres within Michigan dedicated to agricultural, animal and forestry research, and 15 major research centers.
In recent years Lansing has become known for its love of great eats. Chef Guy Fieri made a stop at multiple area restaurants — including The Cosmos, Meat BBQ and Zaytoon Mediterranean — in 2017 while filming his hit Food Network TV show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
The 517 is home to the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory on the campus of Michigan State University. The lab is dedicated to making scientific discoveries about the inner workings of atoms and their role in the universe. In addition, Neogen Corp. conducts genomic research and develops holistic food and animal safety technology — including methods for allergen testing and pathogen detection.
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