LANSING, Mich. (MIRS News) – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee approved a new four-year contract for CEO Quentin Messer, Jr., which keeps him in the position until at least 2026, the last year of the Whitmer administration.

Messer started as CEO of MEDC in July 2021 and has overseen more than $13 billion in investment from businesses, including Hemlock Semiconductor, a semiconductor manufacturer in Thomas Township; Our Next Energy, a battery and energy storage manufacturer; Gotion, a lithium battery manufacturer; and Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve funds.

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“I am humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve Michigan in the best job on the best team in economic development alongside my collogues here at the MEDC,” Messer said.

Messer was in Norway on a business development trip with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer when the announcement was made.

“Director Messer brings an incredible dedication to delivering impact and opportunity to people across Michigan through the economic development efforts of MEDC and Team Michigan,” Whitmer said.

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Whitmer said Messer helped secure jobs in businesses like General Motors and Ford.

Messer was nominated as a MIRS Political Figure of the Year and discussed his background and plans for MEDC in 2023 in December.

“We have made a lot of progress and we embrace the challenge of completing the remaining work. Let’s get it!” he said.