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Q-and-A: New MEDC Chief Offers Blueprint for Michigan’s Economy

Tuesday, August 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
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LANSING — Jeff Mason’s path back to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. began this past spring with a chance run-in with Doug Rothwell, who heads the powerful Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable.

Mason was nearly eight years into his role as executive director of the University Research Corridor, leading collaboration among the state’s major research universities — Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — when Rothwell asked if he was interested in coming back to the MEDC as its CEO.

Rothwell told him that then-head of the MEDC, Steve Arwood, was thinking of leaving (Arwood would step down in June). “That kind of led to a number of conversations with (Gov. Rick Snyder) and others,” Mason said, “and ultimately the governor then recommending my name to the board.”


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