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Schor Announces Van Fossen as Director for Economic Development & Planning Department

LANSING, Mich – Mayor Andy Schor announced today he has hired Rawley Van Fossen the new Director to lead the Lansing Department of Economic Development & Planning. Van Fossen currently serves as Executive Director of the Capital Area Housing Partnership.

“Rawley Van Fossen’s background in housing issues, community development, and running a successful non-profit organization in the City will be crucial as we continue to move the Economic Development & Planning Department into the future. His experience, energy, and vision will bring a fresh approach to a critically important department that is in the middle of a transformation,” Mayor Schor stated. “There are so many great changes that have been started in ED&P and I look forward to seeing what he and Nicholas Montry can do together to ensure this important department continues to serve our residents and visitors.”

Van Fossen has worked as the Executive Director of the Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) since 2018. He led the organization through a period of growth, while facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations & Policy from the James Madison College at Michigan State University. Prior to CAHP, Van Fossen worked in the Michigan House of Representatives and for the Ingham County Land Bank-Fast Track Authority as their Property Disposition & Community Relations Manager. During his tenure at CAHP, the organization has invested over $50 million in community and economic development projects across mid-Michigan. Recently, Rawley has led the delivery of over $45 million in COVID pandemic relief assistance to over 15,000 mid-Michigan neighbors, and more. He currently serves as a board member for the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, board president; and the Ingham County Continuum of Care, board member.

Nicholas Montry will continue to play a pivotal role in his work as Deputy Director of the Department, helping to guide and lead critical divisions within City government. He is a seasoned City employee, currently overseeing a complete policy and process review within the ED&P Department.

Lansing’s Economic Development & Planning Department is a large, complex agency that covers a wide range of responsibilities and is made up of several divisions that help keep the City running, including Building Safety; Code Enforcement; Development; Parking Services; and Planning.

Van Fossen will start employment with the City of Lansing on Monday, December 4.

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