Gov. Rick Snyder names Jeremy Hendges interim director of Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan

Jeremy Hendges headshot

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced Jeremy Hendges will serve as interim director of the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan. He will be replacing Roger Curtis who is leaving Sept. 30, 2018.

“Jeremy has been a key player in bridging the talent gap here in Michigan,” Snyder said. “The work he has done in TED, especially on projects like Project Rising Tide and the Marshall Plan for Talent, has been tremendous. I look forward to seeing the positive impact he will continue to make, and I appreciate him taking on this new role.”

Snyder created TED through Executive Order 2014-12, which took effect in March 2015. TED brings state job creation and economic development efforts together under one umbrella. The department includes the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Talent Investment Agency, and the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. As the new leader of TED, Hendges will continue to work with these agencies to bring together businesses, residents, educational institutions, and state and local governments to continue Michigan’s economic revival.

Hendges was previously appointed in March 2017 to serve as chief deputy director for TED. In that role, he led the Governor’s Project Rising Tide program, which aims to give Michigan’s smaller communities the tools they need to develop a framework for economic success. He also played a critical role in implementing the Marshall Plan for Talent, a new educational approach designed to better prepare Michigan’s student and adults for current and future careers in skilled trades.

Prior to joining TED, Hendges worked in the Michigan Legislature for 12 years, where he developed public policy in House and Senate leadership offices to address issues facing Michigan’s economy. 

Hendges holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University and serves on boards for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Michigan Land Bank.

The appointment is effective Sept. 30, 2018 and is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.