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Michigan Reimagined

Chris Buck | Host

Join Chris as he interviews community leaders working to drive Michigan’s vibrancy and economic sustainability.



Michigan Reimagined tells the stories of people and organizations who are driving Michigan’s economic sustainability. Chris believes that Michigan residents often lead with an apology for the shortcomings of this fabulous state, and he thinks that is unnecessary. Every city has its perks and problems. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have, healthier behavior is finding those doing great work and giving them a platform to share their results. Whether it’s new restaurants, housing stock, talent retention, transportation innovation, tourism, development incentives, placemaking or arts – this state is full of passionate people in action. Hear their stories in 15 minute, deep-dive interviews on Michigan Reimagined.

This SPOTLIGHT Podcast is featured as the final segment on Business Rap every Thursday at 9am on the SPOTLIGHT Radio Network. You can also watch production live on Facebook or listen on demand on your favorite podcast platforms including: Spreaker, iTunes, iHeartRadio, and Spotify.

Meet Chris

Chris Buck spent most of his adult life climbing the corporate ladder, relocating around the country and travelling the world. He landed in mid-Michigan in 2008 after long stretches in Seattle and Philadelphia and honestly didn’t like it much. After a long and successful career, Chris unplugged from Corporate America in 2013. He launched a small business consulting firm and began advocating for mid-Michigan vibrancy efforts. The Economic Development sub culture of Lansing impressed Chris and he began to search for opportunities to contribute more directly. He became the first Economic Development Director for Meridian Township in October 2017, where he has lived since arriving in Michigan. Chris enjoys connecting developers with land owners, learning about talent attraction and retention and building a place everyone can enjoy living in. He, his wife and two sons can be found exploring Michigan’s cool towns and locally owned shops and restaurants and spending time at their cottage north of Kalamazoo.