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Governor Makes Appointments to Economic Commission

Oct 21, 2016

Last Friday, Governor Rick Snyder announced the initial appointments to the Building the 21st Century Economic Commission, which was created by Executive Order.  The twenty-three-member commission serves as an advisory body within the Executive Office.  Members are charged with identifying priorities over the next twenty years along with short and long-term action items.  The commission will issue a final report to the Governor by June 30, 2017.  In addition to the Gubernatorial and Legislative appointees, membership consists of several department directors or their representatives. 

Governor Snyder’s Appointments:

  • Santanu Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • JoAnn Crary, president of Saginaw Future, Inc.
  • Kathleen Dobies, engineering manager for Ford Motor Company
  • James Holcomb, SVP and general counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • Joseph Lauer, founder and CEO of Greenback, Inc.
  • Jason McCormack, project manager and contractor for National Heritage Academies
  • Timothy Nelson, president of Northwestern Michigan College
  • Sandra Pierce, SVP for Huntington National Bank
  • Thomas Pleger, president of Lake Superior State University
  • Nedda Shayota, VP of Sigma Associates, Inc.
  • Jessica Ann Tyson, president and owner of JA PR Group

Legislative Appointees:

  • Kathleen Wilbur, appointed by the Speaker of the House
  • Matthew Cullen, appointed by the House Minority Leader
  • Bob DeVries, appointed by the Senate Majority Leader
  • Lou Glazer, appointed by the Senate Minority Leader

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