Kathreen Francis: President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association With plenty of new businesses and people moving into downtown, Lansing is once again becoming a bright spot in the Mitten state. Kathreen Francis, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA), is here to help make sure that the city continues to shine. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Francis moved to Lansing to attend school at Michigan State University. Like so many others, she didn’t think she’d end up staying in the town she moved to college for. More than 20 years later, she’s still here and has a love of Lansing that’s stronger than ever. During the week, Francis works in the Medicaid third party liability area in the Capitol Commons building located downtown. When she’s not working at her 9 to 5 job, she’s working with the members of the DNA to achieve the many initiatives that are currently in progress. “Building neighborliness among the downtown residents, schools and businesses is something that’s incredibly important to us,” said Francis. “When I moved downtown, I wanted to feel like I was part of the downtown community. I feel like that’s coming together.” One of the bigger projects the DNA is currently working on is putting together a grant proposal to host a downtown virtual tour with people and businesses who reside in the downtown area. Other goals include advocating for state housing and code compliance, numerous beautification projects and other creative ideas to create a sense of community. While the DNA has many ideas, projects and goals they would love to accomplish, Francis knows that things take time. She also knows that she’s here to stay.
Kalynne McIntyre is the Digital Branding Specialist at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. She loves action movies, puppies and all things Italian.