In a statement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Hollister said he hoped to “leverage the area’s assets in higher education and K-12, auto and other manufacturing, agriculture, and emerging life science and information technology sectors to build a new economy.”
In a Wednesday afternoon press conference, flanked by Granholm and Simon, Hollister lamented that there had been no job creation during his tenure.
I wish we had a better national and international economy,” he said, as reported by The Detroit Free Press. He added that the
“I don’t leave with my head down at all. I think we accomplished a lot.”
Hollister, 63, has Parkinson’s disease. Although he said his health “is reasonably good,” he admitted that the disease was a contributing factor in leaving Granholm’s office at the beginning of what could be a grueling re-election campaign.