Quentin Messer has been the CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation for six months.
He was a foreigner who had held Michigan in high regard.
âI was from a southern state, we were competing with Michigan, we always wanted to have Louisiana what Michigan had, Michigan had one of the industries, supply chains and value chains. most robust known to mankind, âsaid Messer.
But as the person tasked with competing with Michigan, he knew she was starting to slip.
âAnd we knew Michigan hadn’t always been as aggressive in following the market as we were in the south,â Messer said.
This became very evident when Ford chose Tennessee over Michigan for an $ 11 billion investment.
âFord Motor Company was making decisions, they were courted by a number and weren’t really looking because of our reputation in terms of it not having the tools now,â Messer said.
The tools are two funds created this week that will help develop sites for companies, then facilitate their builds.
Hopefully attract mega sites for the big three, but promise to help small communities attract businesses and jobs.
“People want to be in the north and we think if you can give people the job opportunities that they can feel, yes concretely I can do that, I can have a full time life, I don’t have just coming here in the summers, I can do this and we’re starting to see it.
Messer says the past few months have done a lot to prepare Michigan for the competition. From now on, 2022 will consist of capitalizing on these victories.
âWe’re not done, we’re not nearly done, and we understand that if economic development matters, it matters because people matter,â Messer said.