The Michigan Opportunity

Through dynamic discussion, The Michigan Opportunity markets the state and promotes Michigan as a world-class business location. The podcast serves as a forward-thinking voice for Michigan as a conduit to global trends and applications in the new global economy.


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The Michigan Opportunity Podcast

Season - 2 Episode 48

Eric Shreffler, Sr. Vice President Market Development at MEDC and Kristin Dziczek, Automotive Policy Advisor, Detroit Branch - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Hear Eric Shreffler of MEDC and Kristin Dziczek of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as they discuss automotive microchips and learn how our state’s history of innovation and mobility and automotive manufacturing strength is helping with the global microchip and semiconductor shortage.

Season - 2 Episode 47

Ara Topouzian, Executive Director, Michigan Venture Capital Association

Join our guest Ara Topouzian of Michigan Venture Capital Association and host Ed Clemente, as they explore the complicated but fascinating world of Venture Capital, EDO's, Universities, tech transfer and more. 

Season - 2 Episode 46

Shawn Pomaville-Size, Executive Director, MotorCities National Heritage Area

Hear from our guest Shawn Pomaville-Size, Executive Director, MotorCities National Heritage Area, as she explores the fascinating world of a US Heritage Area discusses the nonprofit's affiliation with the National Park Service and more. 

Season - 2 Episode 45

Jeff Thompson, Partner/Product Design Engineer and co-founder, Shaggy's Copper Country Skis

Listen to Jeff Thompson, Co-Founder of Shaggy's Copper Country Skis, and host Ed Clemente, explore the unique ski manufacturer and how the Thompson family keeps their heritage alive in Boyne City, Michigan. 

Season - 2 Episode 44

Gina Thorsen CEO and Co-Owner, Jacquart Fabric Products, home of Stormy Kromer

Join Gina Thorsen CEO and Co-Owner, Jacquart Fabric Products, home of Stormy Kromer hats, and host Ed Clemente, as they discuss this fascinating unique manufacturing and outdoor recreation industry that makes much more than hats. 

Season - 2 Episode 43

Ron Hall, President and CEO of Bridgewater Interiors & Doug Del Grosso, President and CEO of Adient

Listen to Ron Hall of Bridgewater Interiors and Doug Del Grosso of Adient, as they explain their unique industry of manufacturing automotive interiors, how tiered suppliers work, the joint venture, supply chains issues and disrupters, and much more.

Season - 2 Episode 42

Brad Garmon, Director, Michigan Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

Join our guest Brad Garmon, Senior Strategic Advisor & Executive Advisor for the Michigan Outdoor Recreation Industry Office as he and Ed discuss the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry.

Season - 2 Episode 41

Nathan Ohle, President & CEO, International Economic Development Council

Join Nathan Ohle, President & CEO, International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and host Ed Clemente as they discuss his intriguing path of taking over the helm of this critical organization that helps guide the worlds future development.

Season - 2 Episode 40

Amy O-Leary, Executive Director – Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) & President, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC)

Join in listening to Amy O’Leary, Executive Director of Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and President of Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, as she joins host Ed Clemente to discuss the big-ticket items that effect all the businesses, citizens, and environment of the region. 

Season - 2 Episode 39

Lindsey Rem, Vice President of Business Transformation – Barton Malow

Listen to Lindsey Rem, Vice President of Business Transformation at Barton Malow, and host Ed Clemente as she explains the digital revolution happening in the construction industry through new, innovative processes, Industry 4.0, 3D printing with cement and much more.

About the Host: Ed Clemente

Ed Clemente joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in 2020 as the Senior Advisor for Trends and Development.

From 2012-2020, Clemente served as a two-term governor appointed Hearing Commissioner for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). Executing over 7,000 judicial Orders/Decisions, over the tenure of service. Prior joining the MLCC, Clemente launched Michigan’s Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) establishing it as 501c3 and 501c6 entity and serving as its first President.

Ed Clemente was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004 representing parts of southern Wayne County. During his three terms in the State House (2004-2010) he led task forces on electric vehicles, biosciences, film industry, Brownfield restoration, economic development, quality of life and advanced energy. Before his tenure as a public official, Clemente held several leadership roles at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce, including President and Director Economic and Business Development. He also previously chaired the Economic Development Committee of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and was elected as a Trustee for Wayne County Community College District, serving four terms.

Clemente has earned degrees from Ferris State, Michigan State University and Sienna Heights Universities. Clemente was awarded with a prestigious fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and The National Judicial College for Administrative Law. He graduated from several political leadership development programs, including Leadership Detroit, Michigan Political Leadership Program, and Leadership 21. He is a previous small business owner and has taught at Northwood University. Additionally, he hosts a “Critical Conversations” podcast and is a member of the Workforce Advisors for Wayne County Community College. Ed serves on the Board of Directors for Global Ties Detroit and the Motor Cities National Heritage Area. An avid traveler, Ed has visited more than 80 countries and territories, 150+ UNESCO World Heritage sites, many to play rugby tournaments, others for professional exchange and some for just intellectual curiosity.

The Michigan Opportunity is brought to you by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). In collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, MEDC markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.