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Meet Michael Finney ('79)

Mike is President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) , the State of Michigan’s lead economic development agency, and is responsible for executing Governor Snyder’s economic development strategy. He was recognized as the 2008 outstanding alumnus for the College of Business and Management.

In Their Own Words

In February 2011, Mike participated in a panel discussion, "From SVSU Student to CEO." Hear how about his experience at SVSU and how it helped him get to where he is today.


Michael A. Finney is president & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), a public-private partnership serving as the state's lead agency for business and job growth, talent enhancement, tourism marketing, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. His responsibilities at MEDC also include serving as Governor Snyder’s Economic Growth Group Executive and as president & Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund.  Finney is a 1979 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, and was named the 2008 Saginaw Valley State University Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Business and Management.

Under Mike’s leadership, the MEDC developed Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), one of the most innovative economic development programs in the country.  PMBC provides comprehensive business development, capital access, talent enhancement and marketing assistance to Michigan based companies.  PMBC is quickly becoming a national model for economic development.

Prior to taking the helm at MEDC, Mike served as President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan region.  He also served as President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester, New York; Vice President, Emerging Business Sectors, MEDC; Senior Vice President & General Manager, Thomson Saginaw; and Assistant City Manager, Saginaw, Michigan.

Mike currently serves on the board of directors for the State Science & Technology Institute, the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, Governor Snyder’s Talent Investment Board, and the Washtenaw Community College Foundation.  He also serves on The University of Michigan, Life Sciences Institute, Office of Technology Transfer and Center for Entrepreneurship, National Advisory Councils.

Finney has received numerous awards and recognition including being named one of the 2007 Newsmakers of the Year by Crain's Detroit Business and the 2005 Minett Distinguished Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Central Michigan University.

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