Gov. Whitmer appoints GRCC President Pink to statewide economic development board

April 5, 2019 LANSING, Mich.– Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, overseeing the public-private partnership focused on creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.

The Lansing-based MEDC works with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as a place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.

"It's an honor to represent West Michigan and public entities on the MEDC Executive Committee,” Pink said.

“Gov. Whitmer recognizes the vital role community colleges play in developing talent -- through credits for degrees or to transfer to four-year institutions, and career programs providing in-demand skills. MEDC projects affect people across our state, and I'm proud share expertise about how the successful programs and partnerships we've built can be leveraged to help all of Michigan."

Whitmer on Friday appointed 11 people to the 20-member committee. Pink was appointed to a term expiring April 5, 2023. Other educators on the executive committee are Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson and Kettering University President Robert K. McMahan.

“The MEDC is a tremendous partner in our mission to build a stronger economy and create more good-paying jobs across the state,” Whitmer said. “These leaders all understand that if we want to help our businesses compete and make Michigan a home for opportunity, then we need to get serious about attracting a talented workforce and improving our infrastructure. It’s time to get to work and get it done.”

Also appointed were:

-- Fay Beydoun, executive director of American Arab Chamber of Commerce.

-- Kyle D. Caldwell, president and chief executive officer of the Council of Michigan Foundations.

-- Kwesi A. Cobbina, vice president of business affairs for the Detroit Pistons.

-- April Clobes, president and chief executive officer of Michigan State University Credit Union.

-- Jeffrey M. Donofrio, executive director of workforce for the City of Detroit.

-- Krista Flynn, regional president of Chemical Bank.

-- Bobby J. Hopewell, mayor of the Kalamazoo.

-- Thomas D. Lutz, president of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters

-- Philip W. Shaltz president and chief executive officer of Shaltz Automotive.

-- Ryan N. Waddington, founder and partner of the Huron River Venture Company.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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