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MEDC Announces Partner of the Year Award Winners

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Michael Shore
(517) 335-4590

Local Economic Development Experts Recognized for Excellence

Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO James Epolito today announced that Janis Kellogg, economic development specialist with the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, and Robert Tess, manager of the Economic Development Services Group of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, have been selected as the 2005 MEDC Partner of the Year Award winners.

"Janis and Bob are both extremely talented and dedicated individuals who are helping to make their respective communities and the entire state a magnet for business investment, good-paying jobs and a high quality of life," Epolito said. "It is my pleasure to recognize them for being important partners in Michigan's ongoing economic development success."

Kellogg, who serves Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties, has been instrumental in raising awareness of economic development in the area. She has worked with rural counties to establish a local economic development organization, applied for economic development funds on their behalf, initiated the Northeast Economic Network, co-founded the Northern Homes CDC and has worked with several local partners to develop a business incubator in Alcona County.



  • how the nominee partners with the MEDC;
  • commitment to job retention and/or attraction;
  • ability to bring diverse groups together;
  • local programs and initiatives championed;
  • unique successes; and,
  • characteristics that set them apart.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.