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Michigan Business Successes Celebrated

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Jennifer Owens
(517) 335-4590

MEDC Honors Outstanding Economic Contributions

Top Michigan businesses, organizations and leaders were honored for their outstanding contributions to the state’s economic vitality at the sixth annual Business Success Celebration held at the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda in Lansing yesterday.

David Hollister, director of the Department of Consumer and Industry Services and member of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee presented 17 awards in eight areas of economic development excellence.The Michigan Economic Development Foundation sponsored the event.

“The honorees are made up of businesses, educational institutions and economic developers that have provided significant contributions to the state over the last year,” said Sabrina Keeley, acting CEO of the MEDC.“It is important to recognize the work they all do as partners in Michigan’s ongoing economic development success story”

The following is a list of categories and organizations/individuals recognized in each area:

· Outstanding Contributions to the Automotive Industry
o Gentex Corporation, Zeeland

· Outstanding Contributions to the Information Technology Industry
o HTC Global Services, Inc., Troy

· Largest Non-Manufacturing Investment by a Company in 2002
o Nissan Technical Center North America, Inc., Farmington Hills

· Outstanding Contributions to the Life Sciences Industry
o Perrigo Company, Allegan

· Largest Job Creation and Retention by a Manufacturing Company for 2002
o Royal Plastics, Inc., Hudsonville

· Outstanding Contributions to the Homeland Security Industry
o Veridian, Ann Arbor

· Continued Outstanding Commitment and Dedication to Economic Development
Harriet Saperstein, president, HP Devco, Inc., Highland Park
Perrien Emanuel, vice president, HP Devco, Inc., Highland Park
o Birgit Klohs, president, The Right Place, Inc., Grand Rapids

· Innovation and Excellence in Providing Quality Workforce Development Assistance to Michigan Companies
o M-TEC at Kirtland Community College, Gaylord

· Exemplary Efforts in Commercializing Technology and Promoting Entrepreneurship
o The Michigan Universities Commercialization Initiative

· Excellence in Economic Development Journalism
o Detroit Free Press

· Outstanding Performance and Cooperative Efforts in Developing a Renaissance Zone
o Cornerstone Alliance, Benton Harbor

· Outstanding Performance and Cooperative Efforts in Developing a SmartZone
o Kalamazoo SmartZone

· Largest Investment in a Downtown Development Project
o The Lofts at Merchants Row, Campus Martius, Detroit

· Outstanding Cooperative Efforts for Developing a Regional Downtown Development Plan
o Red Arrow Highway Corridor Communities, Southwest Michigan

· Partner of the Year 2002
Auto Alliance International, Inc., Flat Rock

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), 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.