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MEDC Names New Head of Economic Development Policy

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Jennifer Owens
(517) 335-4590

Ring to Bring Wealth of Experience to New Role

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that Sandy Ring will join the corporation as the new senior vice president of economic development policy.Ring brings to the MEDC years of international relations and manufacturing experience.

In his new role, Ring will primarily focus on advanced manufacturing, an industry that is vital to Michigan’s economy.In 2001 and 2002 alone, the United States lost more than two million manufacturing jobs.During the past three years, Michigan has lost more than 170,000 manufacturing jobs.

Michigan has long been a leader in economic development – and it is critical that we remain so going forward,” Ring said.“I look forward to working with Governor Granholm and Don Jakeway as we chart the path for Michigan’s economic development future.”

Ring has the support of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm in his new role.“Sandy is a tremendous addition to the corporation and to the state’s efforts to focus on job development,” Granholm said.“He will be a tireless advocate for the manufacturing industry and will help to shape new policy critical to continuing to grow Michigan’s economy.”

MEDC President & CEO Don Jakeway is equally pleased to have an individual of Ring’s caliber join the corporation. “Sandy brings with him impressive credentials and fresh ideas that will be critical as we continue to grow our economic development strategies and initiatives,” Jakeway said.

Ring comes to the MEDC from Dykema Gossett’s WashingtonD.C. office where he is an attorney focusing on international trade, regulatory and legislative issues.His work with The Right Place Program’s Manufacturers Council earned him the Michigan Manufacturers Association’s Special Achievement Award in 2003.He also worked for more than seven years with the U.S. International Trade Commission as the chief legal advisor to the chairman.

Ring holds a juris doctorate degree from Columbus School of Law and a bachelor of art’s degree from MichiganStateUniversity. Ring officially starts in his new role on January 5, 2003.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.

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