The Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s (MEDC) Executive Committee approved a new four-year contract for CEO Quentin L. Messer Jr.
The action follows a year with more than $13 billion in EV and battery manufacturing investments in the state, as well as the elevation of small business, regional relevancy, and community development and placemaking within MEDC’s strategic plan.
As MEDC CEO and president and chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund, 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 with a focus on building a strong and equitable economy for all Michiganders.
“Over nearly two years, Quentin has brought tremendous passion, energy, expertise, and a Team Michigan mentality to economic development here in our state,” says Awenate Cobbina, chair of the MEDC Executive Committee. “He has worked tirelessly to drive results around building a strong and vibrant economic recovery to help our state’s businesses retain, grow, and create more good-paying jobs for Michigan’s working families.
“Today’s action is a recognition of the results he has delivered, and will continue to deliver, while providing certainty and consistency to MEDC, our customers, and our partners across the state of Michigan.”
In addition to serving as a member of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s cabinet, Messer serves on the boards of the American Center for Mobility, Michigan Israel Business Accelerator, International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute (OU EDI), and is a member of the Michigan Council on Climate Solutions.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve Michigan in the best job and on the best team in economic development alongside my colleagues here at the MEDC,” says Messer. “Working alongside our partners in the Whitmer administration, the MEDC Executive Committee, the bipartisan legislature, our local and regional partners, and in labor and talent development and education we will continue to out-hustle and out-compete to get the job done.
Messer is a degree recipient from Princeton and Columbia universities.