Great Lakes Bay Region Represented at White House Forum for Economic Development

Saginaw, MI, August 30, 2013 --( Midland Tomorrow Chief Executive Officer Scott Walker and Saginaw Future Inc. President JoAnn Crary joined approximately 50 economic development professionals from across the country at a White House forum on economic development today. This is the second year the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), SelectUSA and other partners have hosted the forum at the White House.

Key topics were discussed that have the greatest potential to positively impact job creation in the near- and long-term. The event featured substantive dialogue and exchanges of ideas between attendees and the most senior decisions makers involved in federal economic development programming and policies from several federal agencies, including the White House Business Council.

“The Great Lakes Bay Region is an important economic engine and has great companies that are vitally important to our national economy,” said Scott Walker, Midland Tomorrow Chief Executive Officer, “It's critical to participate in the Washington DC forums regarding the key issues facing our country.”

Crary spoke at a session titled ‘Facilitating Investment and Promoting Economic Growth in the US’. “This was a tremendous opportunity to interact with the recently appointed Commerce Secretary Pritzker, Select USA Director Thummalapally and other federal leaders impacting economic development,” Crary stated. “We look forward to our collaborative efforts to attract jobs and investment to the Great Lakes Bay Region."

Midland Tomorrow is the private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) economic development corporation serving the County of Midland, Michigan, and all the municipalities in it. Midland Tomorrow’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for Midland County residents through the retention and creation of quality jobs and diversification of the economic base. The organization can be reached at (989) 839-0340 or at

Established in 1992, Saginaw Future Inc. (SFI) is a public-private alliance of local businesses, the County of Saginaw, City of Saginaw, 15 local municipalities and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. SFI’s strategic partners also include education, labor and government. Since its beginning, SFI has remained dedicated to fostering quality job creation through expansion of local industry and attraction of new business projects to the community.
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