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Michigan Economic Development Corporation Names New Chief Legal Counsel

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Paul Krepps
(517) 335-4590

James Lancaster Brings Environmental Expertise to Role

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that James R. Lancaster, Jr. has been appointed to serve as senior vice president and chief legal counsel, effective May 1.

Lancaster will report directly to MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway. He was most recently a principal with the law firm Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone at Lansing.

Jakeway said the new chief legal counsel's regulatory background makes him an especially good fit with the local economic development priorities and issues that the MEDC works with on a regular basis.

"Jim has had extensive experience in representing both private sector clients and public agencies with a focus on environmental and permitting issues, as well as property law and land use," Jakeway said. "I am delighted to bring him aboard the MEDC team."

"The MEDC is recognized nationally for its innovations in brownfield redevelopment and breakthrough business investment incentives," Lancaster said. "MEDC CEO Don Jakeway is an impressive and effective leader. That, coupled with the opportunity to work with Governor Granholm and her administration, made this opportunity tremendously attractive."

Lancaster holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor of arts degree from Albion. He replaces Charles Fiedler, who has served as MEDC's interim legal counsel since 1999.

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.