Michigan’s newly-elected Gov. Rick Snyder wasted no time in approving the new CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the agency that aims to bring new business and expand current jobs throughout the state. Enter Michael Finney, formerly of SPARK, an Ann Arbor-based economic development organization. At Dale Carnegie Training of Southeast Michigan, we found this to be a great example of leadership development.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Finney has plans to push the state forward. He succeeds Greg Main in the position as CEO of the MEDC. The story noted:
Finney said he expects to combine the state’s branding and marketing initiatives under the “Pure Michigan” banner, folding in the “Upper Hand” campaign the MEDC has used for several years. Finney said “Pure Michigan” was the more powerful brand and he would seek money from the Legislature to develop a business attraction component for that campaign.
Tuesday’s meeting also marked the first for new MEDC Chairman Doug Rothwell, the agency’s CEO under Gov. John Engler. Rothwell is the president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan.
What are your hopes for job growth in the region? What sort of businesses would you like to see in southeast Michigan? Are you a proponent of the Pure Michigan campaign? What do you feel it adds to our state?