Thursday, April 20, 2000
Awards Honoring Top Michigan Organizations and Leaders DistributedGovernor John Engler 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, emceed by media personality Chris Holman, Governor Engler and Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, distributed the awards in seven areas of economic development excellence."These awards recognize the true standouts in Michigan’s business community," Engler said. "The Business Success Celebration is designed to pay homage to their hard work and encourage others to follow in their footsteps."Compuware Corporation received the award for the largest job creation by a single company for 1996-2000. When Compuware’s move to its new Detroit headquarters is complete, approximately 6,500 jobs will be created in the city of Detroit.The award for the largest single company investment for 1996-2000 was presented to DaimlerChrysler. Over the past several years, this corporation has invested approximately $1.6 billion in city of Detroit projects. The city of Grand Rapids received the nod for outstanding investment and company location efforts in a Renaissance Zone. Currently, Grand Rapids has 63 different projects with over $84 million investment in their Renaissance Zone. The award for the largest single company investment in a Renaissance Zone was presented to Johnson Controls for their efforts at the Warren Tank Arsenal. This project involved a company investment of more than $35 million.Crain’s Detroit Business was commended for excellence in economic development journalism. Crain’s staff received the award for consistently and accurately reporting on the issues surrounding economic development.Business SuccessApril 20, 2000, Page 2Wayne County was honored as the Interlocal Partner of the Year. This county was the first to endorse and sign an interlocal partner agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. This leadership role served as a model for other economic development agencies to follow. Jeff Noel of Cornerstone Alliance in Berrien County and Howard "Reb" Turner of Hillsdale County Industrial Development Commission both received awards for their outstanding commitment and dedication to economic development. Since Noel’s arrival, Cornerstone Alliance has transformed from recruiting just two companies in the first six years of the organization to recruiting over 20 new companies and creating over 2,300 jobs. Turner has been involved in chamber of commerce and economic development groups for more than 19 years. Kellogg Community College and Northwestern Michigan College received awards for providing quality workforce development assistance to Michigan companies. Used as a statewide model for the Michigan Technical Education Center project (M-TEC), Kellogg Community College has a successful history of providing customized training for business and industry partners. In addition, Northwestern Michigan College’s commitment to workforce development helped the university receive a $4.4 million M-TEC grant and excellent employer evaluations for its current training programs.The Business Success Celebration was held on April 19 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 third year in a row as the national leader for new plants and expansions.