Mason named MEDC leader
LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. on Tuesday unanimously approved Jeff Mason as its new CEO, effective immediately.
“Jeff has a breadth of experience and knowledge about the driving forces and innovation reshaping Michigan’s economy,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a written statement.
Mason, 58, was recommended by the governor two weeks ago to oversee the state’s marketing and business attraction arm. He replaces Steve Arwood, who stepped down June 30 after serving at the organization’s helm since 2015.
Snyder also named Mason president and chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund, according to an MEDC news release.
“Michigan has taken great strides to create a business-friendly climate built on a strong foundation of low taxes, reduced regulation, fiscal stability and timely incentives,” Mason said in a news release. “Key to our continued growth is ongoing support for communities of all sizes around the state, and the ongoing development of the talent pipeline.”
Mason was executive director the University Research Corridor for eight years. Before that, he worked at MEDC for 10 years, including serving as senior vice president for business development.