Monday, October 22, 2001
|For Immediate Release:|
October 22, 2001
Contact: Jennifer Kopp
Michigan Economic Development Corporation and USDA Sign Partnership Agreement0
Organizations Work Together on Rural Development
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development – Michigan, in which both resolved to work together to assist Michigan's rural businesses and communities.
“The MEDC is investing considerably in rural development through the work of our Community Assistance Teams and other targeted initiatives,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“We welcome this partnership with USDA Rural Development, which will allow for a new level of strategic awareness and cooperation.”
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.
“Rural Development looks forward to developing an even closer working relationship with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation," said Joanne DeVuyst, state director for USDA Rural Development operations in Michigan."By working cooperatively, we can more efficiently use state and federal resources for the betterment of the citizens of rural Michigan."
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.
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