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Mayor Schor’s First Executive Order Approved by Council
(LANSING) – Tonight, Mayor Schor’s first Executive Order (EO 1) to reorganize citydepartments was approved by City Council. Under EO 1, the Department of Planning andNeighborhood Development is splitting into the Department of Economic Development andPlanning (DEDP), directed by Brian McGrain and the Department of Neighborhoods and CitizenEngagement, directed by Andrea Crawford. Also under EO 1, Code Compliance is moving intoDEDP where it is a better fit than in the Fire Department.
“During the campaign it became apparent that we need to focus on engaging our neighborhoods.The Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement places neighborhoods front andcenter in my administration, and will greatly improve the way we communicate with ourresidents,” stated Schor. “Thank you to my city council partners for proactively approving theExecutive Order to help us move forward together on important community priorities.”
Crawford and her team will work directly with our community as we build citizen capacity andcontinue to enhance important neighborhood programs in Lansing, including WalkingWednesdays, Neighborhoods in Bloom, Block-by-Block and the quarterly Housing andNeighborhood Resource Summits. Additionally, Crawford is working to create and implementnew programs such as Serve Lansing, a volunteer program, and our new citizen’s academy tofurther engage with our citizens. The department will also include the Office of FinancialEmpowerment, which previously operated under the Finance Department.
“Growing jobs and development throughout Lansing’s corridors is a top priority” Schor said.“Restructuring our city government to include the Department of Economic Development andPlanning will help us strategically focus on economic development as we build Lansingaccording to our community’s vision and make job creation easier. We can be more strategic totarget those neighborhoods, corridors and commercial areas in our city that need the mostattention.”
Schor noted that overall, the executive order will better focus on two of the city’s most criticalissues: strategic economic develop and neighborhoods. EO 1 was approved by unanimous voteof the Lansing City Council during Monday night’s meeting.