Friday, February 25, 2000
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Michigan Office in which both resolved to work cooperatively to assist Michigan's rural businesses and communities."We look forward to working with the USDA Rural Development on our present and future initiatives," Doug Rothwell, Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO said. "This partnership will allow for a mutually- beneficial flow of information and knowledge."Components of the agreement include holding periodic meetings to identify opportunities where partnering is possible on specific projects and informational programs, promoting the business and economic development programs of each agency, and supporting Michigan's Rural Renaissance Zones and rural Enterprise Communities. "The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the USDA Rural Development share many of the same goals, including the expansion of better paying jobs for rural Michigan residents," said Donald L. Hare, state director for USDA Rural Development operations in Michigan. "I am excited by the prospect of sharing expertise and resources to make a lasting positive impact benefiting rural Michigan businesses."