Quentin L. Messer Jr., president of the New Orleans Business Alliance since 2015, has been named CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Messer’s appointment by its executive committee comes following a national search. He replaces Mark Burton who stepped down from the position in March.
As CEO, Messer is charged with implementing and executing MEDC’s core mission of business development and attraction, community development, providing access to capital, and enhancing Michigan’s image and brand. His responsibilities will include administering all programs, funds, personnel, contracts, and all other administrative functions of MEDC.
“We work hard every day to bring good jobs to Michigan and support strong communities across our state through the critical work of the MEDC,” says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Quentin brings a wealth of experience to this role and a clear passion for ensuring the benefits of economic development extend to everyone.”
Messer is an International Economic Development Council-certified economic developer. As president and CEO of the NOLABA, he led efforts around business attraction, small business growth, talent development, branding, and market responsive, equitable economic growth while also cultivating robust partner relationships and leading efforts to secure significant private sector investment. Under his leadership, NOLABA became one of fewer than 90 economic development organizations globally to earn accreditation from IEDC.
“America is at its best when Michigan is at its best, and I’m thrilled to join the proven MEDC team, the governor, the legislature and economic development stakeholders across this great state in driving an economy that creates upward mobility and opportunity for the broadest possible group of Michiganders,” says Messer. “Economic development is about connecting people to good jobs, connecting businesses to great people and financial capital, and supporting vibrant communities, and I look forward to doing this vital work at MEDC.”
MEDC Executive Committee Chairman Awenate Cobbina and Vice Chairman Jeff Noel will continue to lead the MEDC until Messer’s appointment takes effect on July 19. Noel will serve as the official CEO, as legally required, with decisions and approvals being concurrently executed with Cobbina.