Buy American, Build American
Mayor Virg Bernero officially announced in March 2009 that it is time we promoted patriotic purchasing and keep American workers employed. By buying American-built products, we are making our own economic policy by voting with our wallets to protect American workers and American jobs. With your help, Lansing can lead the way to getting our nation back on track! Click here to learn how you can be part of this effort to save our jobs.
Mayors and Municipalities Automotive Coalition (MMAC)
In late 2008 Mayor Virg Bernero brought together mayors and municipal leaders from across the nation to advocate for federal bridge loans for the Big Three automakers. More than two dozen mayors from six states joined Mayor Bernero in Washington, D.C. to lobby the United States Congress to support our domestic car companies and help them compete in the global economy. From those efforts a new national organization was formed - the Mayors and Municipalities Automotive Coalition (MMAC). Mayor Bernero says MMAC is continuing to work aggressively to create a new strategic partnership between the federal government, the Big Three automakers and local communities that depend on a healthy, competitive auto industry.
Greater Lansing Go Green Initiative
Mayor Bernero launched the Greater Lansing Go Green Initiative in February 2006 to help transform Lansing into a national leader in renewable resources and energy efficiency. Under Mayor Bernero's leadership, Lansing became one of the first cities in Michigan to hire a full-time Green Coordinator. The Mayor's Go Green! initiative is a regional partnership that includes the Lansing Board of Water and Light -- our hometown power company -- and Lansing Community College. Learn more at gogreengolansing.com!
Office of Community and Faith-based Initiatives
During his first year in office Mayor Bernero established the Mayor's Office of Community and Faith Based Initiatives to form a powerful new partnership between city government and Lansing's faith community. To date, under the leadership of Bishop David Maxwell, the MOCFBI has played a vital role in coordinating the City's human service activities, promoting minority business enterprises in partnership with the Lansing Economic Development Corporation and organizing Lansing's annual Diversity Festival.