Bernero offers vision for Lansing
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The Gannon Commons at LCC was filled with about 300 people as Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero made his State of the City address on Jan. 29.
LCC President Brent Knight welcomed Bernero and the guests to the newly renovated commons.
“Any college or university in the nation would be proud to have this space,” Knight said. “We are not your father’s LCC. We invite you to visit our campus inside and out and see how LCC has become a college like no other.”
City Council President Derrick Quinney then introduced Bernero. The mayor, who has led Lansing since 2006 spoke highly of the college hosting the event.
“Dr. Knight has done a masterful job of polishing this gem which we call Lansing Community College,” Bernero said.
Bernero’s speech revolved around a movement he called “Lansing 3.0,” which is the mayor’s vision to create a better Lansing.
“Make no mistake, as we begin our 10th year together the state of our city and the Lansing metro is strong and getting stronger,” Bernero said.
According to Bernero, unemployment has gone from 12.1 percent to 4.1 percent, which is the lowest rate in a dozen years.
Some of Lansing’s economic improvements Bernero mentioned were an increase in home sales by 17 percent as well as foreclosures being down 23 percent.
Bernero also announced that LCC will soon unveil a new program called, “Get a Skill, Get a Job,” where students who enroll in a trade are guaranteed to obtain a job or get their money back.
“As we move boldly and decisively into the next Lansing, ‘Lansing 3.0,’ I promise to keep dreaming big dreams for Lansing,” Bernero said.
Prior to Bernero’s speech, LCC music students Amber B. Boyd, Jessica A. Brancheau and Danielle Lynch performed the Star-Spangled Banner in front of the commons crowd.