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Pride in the Region

517 editorial staff asked some of our local leaders why they believe the region is such a great place to live, work and play.

In spite of a rough time anticipating the changes to come from the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 517 Magazine is finding reasons to celebrate the region in the month of July. We are resilient, we are strong and we are proud of the efforts our business leaders have put into making their comebacks. 517 editorial staff asked some of our local leaders why they believe the region is such a great place to live, work and play.

Jeffrey S. Benson

President and CEO for Case Credit Union

The Greater Lansing area is a friendly welcoming community with exceptional diversity. Our community offers a great opportunity to advance your career and education, with nationally recognized employers in the health care, financial and manufacturing fields, and Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. No matter your phase of life, there is always something new and exciting to do, from farmers markets, to a vibrant restaurant scene, to museums and festivals. People can spend an afternoon exploring downtown, REO Town or Old Town. All of these things, combined with affordable housing and access to state-of-the-art health care systems, make Greater Lansing a great place to live, work and play.

Jo Sinha

President and CEO of Peckham Inc.

The 517 region is a great place to live, work and play because of the people who make up its incredibly diverse community. As a large employer in the 517 region, we experience the beautiful tapestry of the various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, talents, and many capabilities the people of the 517 community possess.

From the arts, to education, to emerging technology and dynamic partnerships that foster growth, Greater Lansing is a true community. Every day we see the power, determination and compassion of people who believe in community working together to provide opportunities to thrive and enjoy the successes of work, education and play.

Don NcNabb

CEO and Principal Scientist at Triterra

The simple answer is our people — we have great people. From those who work in the public sector to those who work at private companies, we all come together and strive to make this region a great place to live, work and play. We also bring together history and diversity; and although we may not always agree on the topic, we find ways to meet on middle ground and move things forward.


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