By Chris Gautz
Hunting and attraction efforts are returning to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. with a renewed focus this year.
MEDC has created an export and attraction team that will focus on
targeted industries and high-priority markets as part of a new strategic
plan guiding the agency through 2017.
Those industries include
manufacturing, energy, biosciences, chemical and agriculture. Countries
being targeted are Canada, China, Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Korea,
Mexico, Saudi Arabia, UAE and the United Kingdom.
The goal for the coming fiscal year is to target $445 million in investment and 4,000 jobs due to attraction efforts.
Gov. Rick Snyder took office in 2011 and said in his first State of the
State address that there needed to be "more emphasis on economic
gardening as opposed to hunting," the organization has done just that.
now, the MEDC is going back to its days of attracting businesses from
other states and other countries, President and CEO Michael Finney said.