The Mackinac Center has moved its Lansing satellite office from leased space on Washington Square to the new Freedom Embassy, located across the street from the state Capitol. The newly renovated Embassy, located in “The Louie” building, is a multistory, multipurpose facility that provides individual office space, collaboration areas, meeting rooms, event and catering space and a private cafe.
Allied organizations also will have offices and share facilities at the Embassy, making collaboration to advance sound public policy more effective, timely and powerful. Allies having space at the Embassy include the Michigan Freedom Fund, Americans for Prosperity-Michigan, Michigan Rising Action, Great Lakes Education Project and the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.
The Center, founded in 1987, remains based in Midland.
Our expanding government affairs team is now better positioned to provide research and information to lawmakers and policymakers. Spacious rooms for educational events and meetings have a direct, floor-to-ceiling view of the Capitol and its grounds.
“Nearly every major interest group dedicated to ever-larger state government has its own outpost or headquarters in Lansing. We thought it was time the taxpayers and free-market supporters have their own embassy right across the street from where lawmakers cast their votes,” said Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. “We are grateful to committed Mackinac Center donors for their vision and generosity for the Freedom Embassy.”
A Freedom Embassy open house will be scheduled later this year.