MEDC Grabs The Gold

    LANSING — Business Facilities magazine showered the Michigan Economic Development Corp. with major national awards last week, dropping an unprecedented four honors on the state agency.

    Gov. Jennifer Granholm was delighted by the good news and gave credit to the previous administration for grabbing a quartet of gold medals in the national economic development derby.

    “These awards are a testament to the MEDC’s record of economic development success,” said the governor. “Current MEDC board member David Hollister will be instrumental in helping to build on that past track record of accomplishments.”

    Hollister, former Lansing mayor and current director of the Department of Consumer and Industry Services, on Jan. 30 accepted the awards on behalf of the MEDC from Associate Editor Karim Khan.

    “As we tabulated the results from our distinguished panel of judges, it was immediately evident that Michigan was going home a winner in our 10th annual contest — in four categories, no less,” said Khan.

    Business Facilities, publishing since 1968 and based in Tinton Falls, N.J., gave the MEDC gold for its general statewide economic development strategy; for its Life Sciences Corridor, a targeted statewide economic development program; for the corporate citizenship it showed in the General Motors Renaissance Center Project; and for the M-TEC centers, its workforce training initiative.

    Kahn said corporate real estate executives, CEOs, presidents and vice presidents, as well as noted economic development and site selection consultants, served as contest judges.

    “The MEDC is a national leader in all aspects of economic development,” said Del Burch, a judge and vice president of an economic development-consulting firm in Pennsylvania.

    Executives from Dow Corning, Microsoft, Reebok International, Telecentric and Exotrope Inc. comprise the magazine’s editorial advisory board. Susan and Ted Coene publish Business Facilities, which has a circulation of 43,500.

    “Upon reflection, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s seen the work being done here,” said Kahn in reference to the state’s economic gains. “As these awards have matured and come to earn the respect of site selectors and economic developers, evidently so has the MEDC.”           

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