By Kelsey Banas
The Meridian Times
Meridian Township is riding a wave of international diversity by encouraging and taking advantage of this big magnet for international talent called Michigan State University. Meridian Township benefits from connections with Michigan State University where international students are renting apartments and purchasing homes. According to the Office for International Students and Scholars, there were 7,161 international students in fall 2013. That was an increase of 8.5 percent from the year before. “We like to think that by providing a welcoming atmosphere and providing a high quality of life in Meridian we will keep our international population here,” said Julie Brixie, Meridian Township treasurer.