Messer Statement on Passing of Historic Economic Development Legislation

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

LANSING, Mich. – Following last night’s bipartisan passage of historic legislation and funding to strengthen Michigan’s economic development efforts in securing transformational projects and long term economic opportunity throughout the state, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has released the following statement from MEDC CEO Quentin L. Messer, Jr:

Team Michigan stands united in declaring that Michigan is constantly working to take being “open for business,” to the next level. We have said from the beginning that Michigan will move mountains to ensure we can compete for, and win, transformational projects that will bring long-term economic opportunity and security to regions and communities across the state. Let there be no doubt: Team Michigan is making strategic investments in our economy and our economic development toolkit that will benefit our friends and neighbors as well as the small businesses that they have created.

Michigan’s globally recognized talent base, long-standing heritage in manufacturing, innovation and affordable cost of living, combined with a Pure Michigan quality of place, already put Michigan in a strong position to win. These bills heading to the Governor’s desk provide competitive programs that are responding to the market and invest in business retention and attraction to complement Michigan’s already undeniable strengths as a state.

This legislative package has been a team effort that reflects Michiganders’ ability to rise to, respond to and surmount challenges. From the Governor, legislative leadership across parties, business and labor stakeholders and to our dedicated economic development partners across the state, we appreciate the incredibly hard work and collaborative approach to rethinking our competitive positioning for large-scale investments that makes us better able to secure high-paying jobs for decades to come. The work continues; but today, collectively, Team Michigan took significant steps forward. Let’s get it!

Legislation that will deliver relief for businesses affected by COVID-19 also was passed as part of the package of economic bills that were sent to the Governor’s desk today. Governor Whitmer is expected to sign the bills into law.

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