The streets of Jackson aren't the same as they used to be.
"Downtown now there's barely any vacant storefronts. We've got a number of businesses that have moved in," notes Jackson Mayor Marty Griffin.
In his 11 years in office, Griffin has arguably turned the city around.
"Financial investment in the city since I've been mayor is roughly three quarters of $1 billion, and that's something we haven't seen in this community in ages," he says.
But come Dec. 31, Griffin will abandon his post in Jackson and head to Lansing. He's been elected to the State House of Representatives for the 64th district. He's now focused on issues like the Single Business Tax, but Griffin says it will be hard to forget his old role.
"This has been a little more than 11 years of my life. I've made great friends here in City Hall."
Griffin still has a few weeks in office. But he says even though he's leaving, he's not leaving any unfinished business.
"The city's in good shape. It's just time to move on," Griffin says.
That's good news for current Vice Mayor Jerry Ludwig, who will become mayor on Jan. 1. Griffin says he couldn't have picked a better replacement himself.
"He's lived here in the city forever," Griffin says, adding Ludwig's tenure in the city council rivals his own.
So while the face of Jackson may be changing, residents won't stop seeing Griffin's face around town. He'll continue to live and do business in Jackson.
"The city's been positioned very well for the future, and that's one thing I'm most proud of."
And he's hoping the same happens for the 64th district.