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Appointment made to Michigan Strategic Fund

Friday, June 3, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of W. Howard Morris to the Michigan Strategic Fund Board.

The board is an important component of promoting economic development and is responsible for approving private activity bonds, authorizing community development block grant applications, recommending certain renaissance zone designations and acting as the fiduciary agent with respect to the 21st Century Jobs Fund.

"Howard Morris brings with him years of experience and he will offer tremendous insight as we continue to revitalize our economy and create more and better jobs," Snyder said.

Morris, of Detroit, is president and CIO of Prairie & Tireman, a position he has held since 2008. He previously served as vice president and senior portfolio manager for Comerica Bank in Detroit. Morris was the CFO of the Detroit Public Schools from 1999 to 2000 and the CEO/Emergency Financial Manager for Inkster Public Schools from 2002 to 2005. He is a licensed certified public accountant and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University and a master's degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He replaces George Jackson Jr.

Morris will serve a term expiring at the pleasure of the governor and his appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.