|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
May 23, 2001
Contact: Jennifer Kopp
Michigan Business Successes Celebrated
Awards Honoring Top Michigan Organizations and Leaders Distributed
David Brandon, chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Executive Committee, commended several Michigan organizations and leaders for their outstanding contributions to the state’s economic vitality at the Business Success Celebration yesterday.
At the ceremony, Brandon and Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the MEDC, distributed 11 awards in seven areas of economic development excellence.
“These awards recognize the true standouts in Michigan’s business community,” Brandon said.“The Business Success Celebration is designed to pay homage to their hard work and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.”
Here is a list of the categories and organizations/individuals recognized in each area.
1. Partner of the Year 2000
- General Motors Corporation:This company’s investments in Michigan, that exceed $1 billion in 2000, will retain more than 28,000 jobs in the Lansing region.
2.Largest Job Creation and Investment by a Non-Manufacturing Company for the Year 2000
- Target Corporation: New distribution center in Charleston Township will create up to 900 jobs.
3. Largest Job Creation and Investment by a Manufacturing Company for the Year 2000
- Ford Motor Company: Rehabilitation and expansion of the Rouge Center in Dearborn will retain at least 2,900 jobs and create up to 3,800 jobs.
4. Outstanding Commitment and Dedication to Economic Development
- Susan Lackey, president, Washtenaw Development Council
- Barry Broome, chief executive officer and executive director, Southwest Michigan First!
5. Outstanding Business Contributions to Economic Development Diversification
- Nanovation Technologies of Northville – Information Technology
- Acuson Corporation of Ann Arbor – Life Sciences
- Energy Conversion Devices of Troy – Advanced Manufacturing
6. Innovation and Excellence in Providing Quality Workforce Development Assistance to Michigan Companies
- Mott Community College, Flint
- Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn
7. Excellence in Economic Development News Coverage
WJR AM, Detroit
The Business Success Celebration was held at Michigan’s Capitol Rotunda to honor businesses and business leaders for their part in helping Michigan garner Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup for the fourth year in a row as the national leader for new plants and expansions.
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.