Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Last week, The Detroit News had a headline that caught my eye:
"Michigan becoming a smart investment"
The reason for the paper's prediction? According to the Michigan Venture Capital Association, our state jumped to the 15th spot in terms of business accelerator activity, up from 25th last year. In fact, as The News reports, Michigan saw $232 million in investments made last year, all while national venture capital investment dropped 10 percent.
In other words, while much of the nation is headed down, Michigan is headed up. But that story is just one sign of why we're the comeback state of the nation. And with all due respect to The News, Michigan isn't "becoming" a smart investment, we already are one. Here's why.
Earlier this month, Site Selection magazine named Michigan the 8th most competitive state for achieving success in job creation and economic development. And that great piece of news followed a whole bunch of other great signs Michigan is on the right track:
As business leaders, politicians and journalists gather this week on Mackinac Island at the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference, it's worth taking a look at those signs. It's worth celebrating what makes Michigan great. And it's important that we commit to working together to bring keep Michigan's reinvention going strong, to create more and better jobs, and make a brighter future for our kids.