MEDC Welcomes New Corporate Partner

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Barry County Economic Development Alliance signs on to support MEDC’s efforts

Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Greg Main today announced that the MEDC has signed a cooperation agreement with Barry County Economic Development Alliance ( The MEDC now has signed partnerships with 147 economic development organizations and communities across the state with the goal of encouraging collaboration to promote economic development and create new jobs.  

"Economic development requires solid teamwork and the MEDC could not fulfill its mission without strong relationships with local economic developers and communities across the state," Main said. "We look forward to working with Barry County Economic Development Alliance to grow our existing businesses and attract new industries to the state." 

The MEDC was created in 1999 by an Interlocal Agreement executed by local economic development corporations created under Public Act 338 of 1974. Other economic development agencies that also work very closely in partnership with the MEDC include local agencies, utilities and business organizations that are not incorporated under Public Act 338. 

”This Cooperation Agreement formalizes our continued commitment to rural economic development in Barry County in partnership with the MEDC,” stated Valerie Byrnes, president of the Barry County Economic Development Alliance. “Progress toward economic vibrancy relies on multiple layers of collaboration and this agreement is assurance to our local companies that the Barry County Economic Development Alliance serves on their behalf as an active, strategic partner with the MEDC.” 

To recognize these important partnerships, the Cooperation Agreement was developed as an informal contract between the MEDC and participating local economic development organizations to jointly implement strategies that will promote economic growth and create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life within the organization’s jurisdiction. 

For more information on partnerships and a complete list of Corporate and Interlocal partners, visit

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