Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Van Buren official named to SEMCOG post

Lisa Lothringer
Leaders of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) have named Van Buren Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Assistant Director Lisa Lothringer to the Planning and Economic Development Task Force.
SEMCOG is a regional planning partner with local member governments within the Southeast Michigan region (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties).
Lothringer has been with the Van Buren Township DDA for more than 5 years and is responsible for public relations and marketing, working to promote the DDA business district and Van Buren Township as a whole. Most recently, she was the project manager for the $1.15 million Quirk Park Splash Pad and Playground project, which was recently recognized as the 2019/2020 Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks) Design Award recipient.

Lothringer holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Siena Heights University in Adrian, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an associate of science degree from Monroe County Community College.
SEMCOG works to improve the quality of water in the region, making the transportation system safer and more efficient, revitalize communities, and spur economic development. SEMCOG promotes the efficient use of tax dollars for infrastructure investment and governmental effectiveness, and advocates on behalf of Southeast Michigan in Lansing and Washington, according to the group mission statement.
The SEMCOG Planning and Economic Development Task Force where Lothringer will now serve is focused on the three economic development pillars of place, business and talent. This task force will concentrate on moving Southeast Michigan forward from recovery to opportunity and shared prosperity, according to a prepared statement. A variety of strategies will be considered to showcase the desirability of southeast Michigan as a place to start, grow, and conduct business.