Community & Economic Development

The Community & Economic Development Division (CED) aspires to implement City policies and provide programs and actions that enhance the economic, environmental and social well-being of the community and foster a healthy and vibrant downtown, a diverse and inclusive business community and sustainable neighborhood growth.

To further community and economic development initiatives in East Lansing and Greater Lansing, the City of East Lansing works with a number of community partners, such as the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Management Board, Local Development Finance Authority, community partners and neighborhood associations, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and Michigan State University (MSU).

East Lansing is a culturally and demographically diverse community, boasting world-class educational and cultural institutions, an emerging and vibrant knowledge economy, and plenty of recreational opportunities and community events. CED strives to incorporate inclusive and equitable economic development principles into our programming and services and continue to implement City Council policies that attract more diverse age groups and daytime population to live and work in the downtown.

Please explore our programs! The CED website includes the following resources on CED programs and related information:

  1. Business Support Programs
  2. Community & Economic Data
  3. Downtown East Lansing
  4. Placemaking Initiatives
  5. Financial Assistance and Incentive Programs
  6. Local Plans, Guidance, & Studies
  7. Map Room
  8. Marketing & Promotions (coming soon)
  9. Projects
  10. Related Boards and Commissions
  11. Site Selection & Available Properties
  12. Why East Lansing?

Stay Connected & Informed!

Communication is a two-way effort. To help ensure business owners are receiving efficient, effective and timely communications related to downtown and their business, please provide CED City staff with your most recent contact information. Click here to update your contact information. This information will also help CED staff market and promote your business, as well as list your business on our business listings. Contact the CED at:

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