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.
Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC)
To create a stronger voice for Michigan and our nation’s numerous automotive communities, Mayor Bernero formed the Mayors Automotive Coalition (now the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities)— a national alliance of manufacturing mayors to press Congress and the White House to support manufacturing and to assist Michigan's recovery from economic disaster. Formed in 2008, MAC advocated for the federal rescue of General Motors and Chrysler, and won the creation in 2011 of the $773 million Revitalizing Automotive Communities Environmental Trust (RACER), the largest environmental remediation trust fund in U.S. history. Mayor Bernero says MAC is continuing to work aggressively to create a new strategic partnership between the federal government, manufacturers and local communities that depend on a healthy, competitive and advanced manufacturing industry. Learn more at http://www.manufacturingalliance.us/
Live Green Lansing Initiative
Mayor Bernero launched the Live Green Lansing Initiative to help transform Lansing into a national leader in renewable resources and energy efficiency. We are already making great strides in environmental protection here in Metro Lansing. The Live Green Lansing Initiative pushes Metro Lansing to the forefront in sustainability and "green" development, strengthening our health, communities and economy. Learn more at http://www.lansingmi.gov/livegreen/
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. The MOCFBI leverages the faith community’s experience and extensive volunteer network to provide charitable services to Lansing residents, and has helped secure federal grants for the Lead Safe Lansing Program and the Lansing Office of Financial Empowerment. MOCFBI has also forged important partnerships with Lansing Police Department, Lansing Community College, the Lansing School District and the Greater Lansing Minority Business Alliance in support of multiple initiatives.