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MEDC chief speaks on future vision


The head of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation visited Grand Valley State University sharing the state’s vision for future economic policy and implementing educational investments.

“We are living in a state that has unprecedented potential and opportunity.”

Quentin Messer Jr. is Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO, President and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund.

“Michigan has the number one thing that companies, universities, people look for, it has great human capitol.”

Messer explains Michiganders need to spread the word knowing that the state’s best days are ahead of it. He says over the next decade or so, Michigan is going to become what he calls a ‘climate winner.’

“With the rise of extreme weather, it is going to make certain parts of the world, and certain parts of North America, increasingly difficult to inhabit. Michigan is going to be a winner. We have to set up the business environment to be welcoming of people from all across the world.”

In preparation, Messer says it’s imperative to create a state of lifelong learners. Residents on a continuous education journey whether it’s higher ed or attaining credentials. The MEDC is taking a regional approach supporting entrepreneurs and higher education.