Monday, April 26, 1999
Governor John Engler announced today that the state's economic development function has again received Site Selection magazine's award as among the Top 10 in the nation. It's the second year in a row that the state agency has received the award. The honor for the Michigan Jobs Commission, now the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, comes just after the announcement that Michigan is also #1 in new facilities and expansions for 1998. "We've done it again," Engler said. "After bringing in $3.3 billion in investments and creating 15,074 new jobs last year, it's easy to see why our economic development program is one of the best in the nation." According to the article in Site Selection, "Besides auto, furniture, and other traditional Michigan strengths, software and other high-tech companies have been a big part of Michigan's recent success." "Receiving this award is another feather in our cap and proof positive that all our hard work has made us into an effective and successful development group," said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "We've set our goals high and are determined to continue to be an award-winning organization." Of the 250 organizations considered, only 10 received the Top Development Group award. Criteria for the award were based on quantitative data like job creation and capital investment. Other factors considered were creativity, innovation and leadership. All data was weighted on a per capita basis allowing smaller states an equal chance at winning. The award was presented to a Michigan Economic Development Corporation official during a ceremony at the International Development Research Council's New England World Congress.