Point West Art and Trail Project Crowdfunding Campaign a Success!

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As part of our work with the Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association (SOCA), we launched a crowdfunding campaignfor the Point West Art and Trail Project through the Michigan-based platform Patronicity. This campaign spanned 28 days and successfully raised $13,350 from 94 donors. As a result of reaching our goal, the MEDC and MSHDA will grant SOCA a 1-to-1 match of the first $13,000 raised, bringing the grand total to $26,350!

The Point West Project has four key goals: first, it will CONNECT two City of Lansing parks with a one-mile multi-use recreational trail that will be accessible from both sides of the Saginaw-Oakland corridor. Second, it will RESTORE native landscapes by installing a major wildflower planting in West Side Park. Third, it will TRANSFORM the western Lansing city limits into a gateway via a public sculpture art installation, and fourth, it will CALM traffic calming on M-43, making the area safer and more attractive for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The campaign was approved through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places Program. In 2015, the partnership between Patronicity and MEDC / MSHDA raised and granted over $3.2 million dollars for placemaking projects across the State of Michigan. We’re proud to be a successful participant!

Welcome aboard, Jocelyn Hayward!

We’re thrilled to announce that Jocelyn Hayward has joined the RNC team as an Associate. Jocelyn recently completed her MPH at the University of Kentucky, and brings a great perspective on health and sustainability to our portfolio of work.

As a graduate student, Jocelyn completed research on the National School Lunch Program in six rural Kentucky elementary schools, and a practicum with the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition, where she helped successfully bring healthy food options to several after-school snack shops. This work earned her the Community Service Award from the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health for outstanding public health service to inner-city communities in Kentucky.

Read all about Jocelyn on this page, or send her a welcome note at jocelyn@roryneuner.com.

#LoveLansing profile in the Lansing State Journal

I’m proud to be profiled in the November 20, 2013 edition of the Lansing State Journal, along with three other leaders in Lansing. Thank you to the LSJ for the opportunity to talk about the work I do (and love).

Click here to read the complete story.