EDA Still Accepting Applications for CARES Act Recovery Assistance
In May, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the availability of $1.5 billion in funding to respond to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic within regions. Interested communities and organizations are encouraged to learn more about project and applicant eligibility and to contact us for application assistance!
Upgraded Wellhead Protection Viewer Coming Soon!
Updates to our online Wellhead Protection Viewer are on track to be completed by the end of this month, including an expanded, region-wide inventory of potential groundwater contamination sources. Communities can use this data to assess and plan for the protection of our drinking water.
PFAS: What the Latest Rules Mean for You
Michigan's new PFAS drinking water rules went into effect on August 3rd, marking the state's regulations as the strictest in the nation. But what does that mean for your day-to-day life, and what should you do if you're concerned about the quality of your drinking water? Check out the latest info in our new blog post!
New Tri-County Virtual Trails Explorer
Looking to plan a socially-distant biking or kayaking trip? Still stuck inside and missing the outdoors? Take a 360-degree virtual tour of over 140 miles of regional trails, including the Middle Grand River Water Trail, the Lansing River Trail, and a portion of the Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail.
Looking for Technical Assistance?
Are you a local government or community organization looking for data or maps of the region? Need to host a virtual meeting or check if a new street name is available? See what we can do for you by visiting our new services, data, and map gallery webpages to request assistance.
Do you hate potholes? Do you ever ride the bus, or maybe you like to bike or walk downtown? Do you like to shop or know a business owner?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you should care about our region's long-range transportation plan, Moving Mid-Michigan! We're kicking off the final phase of public involvement as we anticipate completion of the Plan at the end of 2020.

Check out this video to learn more about the Plan and consider joining us for one of our upcoming public meetings or events to provide your feedback on transportation goals, analyses, and projects planned for our region for the next 20+ years!
Tri-County works with local communities and the state to plan and implement transportation projects throughout the region. Visit our website to learn more about improvements planned for the Greater Lansing area.
Traffic may have looked a bit lighter over the past few months, but work on necessary repairs and improvements to our regional transportation system continues! Here are some of the latest updates on major projects for the area:
Work on I-496 has been progressing on schedule! Eastbound lanes reopened on July 20th, with work expected to continue on westbound lanes through November.

Keep up to date with the latest project updates here.
Waverly Road is open at both project bounds from St. Joseph Street to Lansing Road as of August 3rd! Work to complete the shared-use pathway will continue over the next few weeks.

Coleman Road is nearing completion!

The top coat of asphalt has been laid and is now awaiting final pavement markings.
  • Jolly Road from Hagadorn to Dobie Road is in the final phase of completion, including the addition of new non-motorized facilities. Final pavement markings are coming soon!

  • Preventative maintenance work began on the Meridian Road bridge over I-96 on August 10th and is expected to continue through October. Detours for Meridian Road will be posted and periodic nighttime closures are to be expected.
Follow us on social media for updates on upcoming transportation projects, meetings, and public comment opportunities!
Across the globe, people continue to look for guidance in this time of uncertainty. Our friends at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce launched a resource webpage back in March for businesses, community organizations, and residents of the Greater Lansing area to support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There's still time to respond to the Census! Though engagement efforts have taken on a different look this year, taking the time to respond to the survey is essential to ensuring our region receives the federal funding we need to plan for the future. You can fill out your census form online until September 30th.
The long-awaited Red Cedar Project, a $256 million plan for a mixed-use development along the Michigan Avenue corridor, was approved for a brownfield proposal in May after initial setbacks. Read more about the project from State News.
We've seen exciting changes in leadership for a few of our regional partners in recent months. Be sure to give a warm welcome to the new CEOs of Capital Area Michigan Works! and the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as the newest president of Lansing Community College.
Region to Receive Over $312 Million in New Infrastructure Investment
The State Transportation Commission authorized the governor's new “Rebuilding Michigan" program in February. This allowed the Michigan Department of Transportation to sell $3.5 billion in bonds for 49 critical interstate and bridge projects and accelerate rebuilding for 73 additional state-owned projects!
Tri-County's Water Trail Plan Selected for Environmental Stewardship Award
Created in partnership with MGROW, the Middle Grand River Water Trail Development Plan was awarded MidMEAC's 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award for Water Protection this March! Learn more about the plan and its impact on one of our region's most important natural resources.
Major Retailers Announce Their Move into Greater Lansing
Over 1,000 new jobs for Greater Lansing were announced in March! Major employers, most notably Amazon, Morley, and Wayfair, are establishing facilities in communities across the region, including Delta Township and Meridian Township. Great news for Greater Lansing's economic resilience!
Check Out Our Careers Page!
We are seeking dynamic, innovative, and driven individuals to join our team! Visit our website for more information about our new internship program - now considering applicants for fall and beyond - or to apply for our full-time planning positions.

Team Member Feature

Lauren Schnoebelen joined us back in January as our newest Environmental Sustainability Planner, responsible for coordinating the Groundwater Management Board and Tri-County's drinking water and wellhead protection activities. Learn more about Lauren here.
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