FAQ

What is community and economic development?

Community and economic development are part of PCF’s credo because we believe they are essential to the progress of our state.   Community development empowers individuals by giving them the skills and healthy environment(s) they need in order to create positive change in their lives.  Our M-PaTH program and Moving Ideas to Market program are just two of the many projects that help Michiganders become more successful in their lives. 

Similarly, economic development improves the quality of life for the people of Michigan by increasing the standard of living.  PCF’s Export/Import project and Iraq initiative are examples of how we are working to diversify Michigan’s economy and promote its long-term growth.  Economic and community development go hand-in-hand at PCF because we believe that both will contribute to the success and sustainability of the state.

Are you a government agency?

The Prima Civitas Foundation is not a government agency; we are a 501 (c) (3) designated nonprofit.  We work closely with many government organizations and officials to find non-partisan solutions for the state’s current challenges.

What is PCF 2.0?

PCF 2.0 is what we call our geographic expansion from Mid-Michigan to the entire state. PCF 2.0 also included a leadership transition that brought Steve Webster, former Senior Vice President and Senior Adviser for MSU on as CEO; and Mike Brown, former Interim Mayor of Flint and current Manager of the Flint Area Reinvestment Office as President. Former President and CEO, David Hollister, remained on staff as a Vice President and Strategic Advisor.

For a full list of the PCF staff, please click here!

Does your Foundation give out grants? Can I apply?

PCF typically does not issue grants; however, we often seek partners with similar missions to pursue joint funding opportunities.

Weren’t your offices on Kalamazoo Street in Lansing? When did you move?

In March of 2011, we moved our offices from Kalamazoo Street in Lansing to Grand River in East Lansing. Our new offices are located directly across from Michigan State University Campus in the City Center Building. We are excited to share the building with innovative “neighbors” that include the Technology Innovation Center, the Hatch, MSU Technologies and MSU Business Connect.

What is your new address? Where do I park?

Our new address is 325 East Grand River, Suite 275, East Lansing, MI 48823. Our offices are located directly above Barnes and Noble. We recommend parking in the lot located directly behind the City Center Building. This ramp also shares a skywalk to the Marriott. Parking fees will apply.

From the ramp, take the hallways and skywalk in the southeast corner. Our offices will be directly to your left after exiting the skywalk.

From Grand River, walk through the lobby and take the elevators to the 2nd floor. Take the hallway located directly across from the elevators. PCF is located on the opposite end of the hallway.

What does “Prima Civitas” mean?

Prima Civitas, pronounced pri*ma civ*i*tas is a Latin noun that means First State or First Nation. This definition perfectly illustrates our goal of accelerating Michigan’s transition towards a knowledge economy– which often starts at the community level.