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Former MIS President named Talent & Economic Development director

Posted: 1:26 PM, Nov 16, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-16 13:26:02-05

Developing talent and cultivating economic success are both so important to continuing Michigan's comeback that they deserve additional singular focus. So Gov. Rick Snyder today announced Roger Curtis will serve as director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development while Steve Arwood will continue in his successful role as CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“Steve Arwood is a key part of our talent efforts here in Michigan,” Snyder said. “He was instrumental in the creation of TED and helping us truly coordinate talent departments to help Michiganders. His leadership at the MEDC will be a critical part of our state’s continued comeback.”

Snyder created TED through Executive Order 2014-12, which took effect in March 2015. TED brings state job creation and economic development efforts together under one umbrella. The department includes the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Talent Investment Agency.

As the new leader of TED, Curtis will be focusing on the continued collaboration of these departments while Arwood will be able to turn his full attention to leading economic development efforts.

“We have seen our unemployment rate drop to its lowest point in 15 years, and the current challenge is matching people with the skill sets to fill the demands of the current and future job market,” Snyder said. “Roger Curtis is well known for his passion and drive. He is the right person to take Michigan’s talent efforts to the next level.”

Curtis served as the president of Michigan International Speedway for 10 years, where he oversaw all administration, leadership and management of the multi-million dollar entertainment facility. Prior to joining MIS, Curtis worked in different roles at speedways all over the country working to develop long-term success strategies.

Curtis holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University. He also serves on the Michigan Make-A-Wish Board of Directors and is the treasurer for the Onsted School Board.

The appointment is effective Nov. 28, 2016 and is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.