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State Leaders Join Forces to Roll Out Michigan's Welcome Wagon

Thursday, September 28, 2000

Kathleen McMahon
(517) 335-4590

MEDC Host Committee Holds Its First MeetingThe Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced that its Host Committee comprised of business, university and government leaders recently held its inaugural meeting. The mission of the MEDC Host Committee is to position the state as the premier site for both tourism and economic development by impacting key out-of- state decision makers visiting Michigan.The committee targets conferences and events that draw the highest level of decision makers and media. “The Host Committee is up and running and planning ways to leave a positive lasting impression in 2001,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation board has committed $400,000 to finance the Host Committee initiative for 2001. At the meeting, committee members discussed targeted events for 2001.The committee plans to build upon the success of last year’s events that included the Society of Automotive Engineers conference and the Men’s Basketball NCAA Final Four Championship.The committee used billboards, governor’s letters, information booths, welcome banners and greeters at Metro Airport to welcome visiting business leaders and media members to Michigan during the targeted events. The committee is chaired by Heinz C. Prechter, chairman and founder of ASC Incorporated.Other members include:

  • Larry Alexander, president and CEO, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Susy Avery, vice president, Travel Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Rod Alberts, executive director, Detroit Auto Dealers Association
  • Richard Blouse, president and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Bill Chapin, president, Automobile National Heritage Area
  • Beth Chappell, executive vice president, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Compuware Corporation
  • Keith Charters, chairman, Michigan Natural Resources Commission
  • Paul Hillegonds, president, Detroit Renaissance
  • David Johnson, chairman, Bay Harbor Company
  • Birgit M. Klohs, president, The Right Place Program
  • Bob Lyons, Michigan Trenching Service, Inc.
  • Peter McPherson, president, Michigan State University
  • Jon Nunn, executive director, Grand Action
  • Lou Pavledes, director, Cobo Center
  • Lester Robinson, director of airports, Detroit Metropolitan, Wayne County Airport
  • Peter Secchia, chairman, Universal Forest Products, Inc. “The Host Committee reflects the passion all of us feel for the great State of Michigan,” said Prechter.“We will work hard to create an image of Michigan that will entice the most influential leaders from around the world to visit Michigan in search of quality leisure activities and top business opportunities.Our events in 2001 are just the beginning.The Host Committee will continue to enhance the positive image and reputation of Michigan in 2001 and beyond.”