A2: State Government

In his Detroit Free Press column, Tom Walsh speculates about the possibility that Mike Finney, CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, will be appointed to head the Michigan Economic Development Corp. by governor-elect Rick Snyder: “He’s as wired as can be with Snyder and the governor-elect’s inner circle. Finney was recruited to join the MEDC in 2000 by Doug Rothwell, who led the agency during the John Engler administration and is now co-chairing Snyder’s transition team. Snyder chaired the MEDC board back in 2000. When Finney was lured from New York back to Michigan in 2005, it was Ann Arbor SPARK co-founder Rick Snyder who recruited him.” [Source]