46 episodes

An economic development podcast featuring candid conversations with business leaders across Michigan.

The Michigan Opportunity Michigan Economic Development Corporation

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An economic development podcast featuring candid conversations with business leaders across Michigan.

    Ep.46 Quentin L. Messer Jr. – CEO, MEDC

    Ep.46 Quentin L. Messer Jr. – CEO, MEDC

    MEDC CEO Quentin L. Messer Jr. gives us some brief highlights of 2021 and looks forward to the state’s opportunity is 2022.
    Join Quentin L. Messer Jr., CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as he joins host Ed Clemente, to discuss managing his challenging job and how’s he’s up to the task, while feeling blessed to have the opportunity.  He gives you a fresh view of the myriad of assets in the great state of Michigan, and how he is working to line up statewide stakeholders to support this effort.  He applauds the efforts of our partners in the Governor’s office, the Michigan Legislature, and local EDOs across all corners of the in the Upper and Lower peninsula. Quentin discusses what’s on the horizon and how we have the tool kit of individuals and organizations to meet the tasks of the future! You can also read the transcript from our conversation.

    • 25 min
    Ep.45 Charlie Tyson - Technology Activation Manager, Office of Future Mobility & Electrification, MEDC

    Ep.45 Charlie Tyson - Technology Activation Manager, Office of Future Mobility & Electrification, MEDC

    What happens in Las Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Hear about self-driving tractors, cars that can change colors, and a ton more on the growing presence of mobility and electrification at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
    Join Charlie Tyson Technology Activation Manager, in the Office of Future Mobility & Electrification, at the MEDC, and host Ed Clemente as you get a firsthand account of the many activities at the Consumer Electronics Show and how it creates multiple benefits for the Michigan economy.  You will hear about the fast-moving mobility sector, autonomous vehicles, electrification platforms, what Michigan companies are there. Also, about a car that can change colors, autonomous farm equipment and more drones! You can also read the transcript from our conversation. 

    • 19 min
    Ep.44 Lisa Lunsford, Co-Founder and CEO of GS3 Global

    Ep.44 Lisa Lunsford, Co-Founder and CEO of GS3 Global

    Listen to a dynamic automotive manufacturing leader, with her hand on the “wheel” as to how the future of mobility is evolving!
    Join Lisa Lunsford, co-founder and CEO of GS3 Global, for an energetic discussion with host Ed Clemente about mobility, engineering and leadership.  Global Strategic Supply Solutions offers a variety of services including assembly, CNC bending, engineering, advanced manufacturing, as well as new services in development. Lisa is very committed to creating a better future for all, especially with her leadership. She is the Chairperson of Michauto, serves on the board for the Detroit Regional Chamber and is on the Wayne State University Mike Illitch School of Business Global Supply Chain Management Advisory Board. She is also  part of the  Winning Futures Advisory Board and spends time mentoring as well as many other activities.  Lisa has unique perspective on mobility and the future! You can also read the transcript from our conversation. 

    • 22 min
    Ep.43 James Weakley, President, Lake Carriers Association

    Ep.43 James Weakley, President, Lake Carriers Association

    Great Lakes Shipping, who knew? Learn all about the new Soo Locks, ice breaking, supply chain economy, 9/11, coast guard, Boat Nerds, and many other unique freshwater stories! 
    Join James Weakley, President Lake Carriers Association, as he has a conversation with our host and landlubber Ed Clemente about the critical economic role they play in Michigan, the Midwest and North America. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway combine to form the longest deep-draft navigation system in the world, extending 2,300 miles into the North American heartland. Since 1880, Lake Carriers Association (LCA) has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can annually move more than 90 million tons of cargo that are the foundation of American manufacturing, infrastructure, and power generation: iron ore, limestone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain and sand. Learn especially about how the Soo Locks expansion finally happened and what it means to the economy. Who are Boat Nerds anyway and where is the Great Lakes Maritime Academy? You can also read the transcript from our conversation. 

    • 24 min
    Ep.42 Chris MacInnes, President Crystal Enterprises, Inc.

    Ep.42 Chris MacInnes, President Crystal Enterprises, Inc.

    “Learn about Chris MacInnes Interesting life journey and business devotion that brought her back to Michigan!”

    Join Chris MacInnes, President Crystal Enterprises Inc, and host Ed Clemente, for a four seasons conversation on doing business with evolving challenges, with emphasis on the quality of life and the future. Chris is passionate about discussing the relations her business has with nature, design, and the family recreational experience for all ages! She has lived all around the U.S., east and west coasts, but she and her husband chose to live in Benzie County. Also, hear about the unique connection to the College for Creative Studies and the Legacy Art Park! You can also read the transcript from our conversation.  

    • 26 min
    Ep.41 Dr. Tarek Sobh, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Provost, Incoming LTU President

    Ep.41 Dr. Tarek Sobh, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Provost, Incoming LTU President

    “If you are wondering what the future will be like for careers, take out your notebook and follow this discussion with the new incoming LTU President!”

    Join Dr. Tarek Sobh, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Provost, and the incoming President for Lawrence Technological University and host Ed Clemente, for an innovative discussion on entrepreneurship, engineering, robotics, design, global fingerprints, and many other future trends and careers! LTU is recognized for its transformative STEM and Design education structures that develops leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset and global perspective. Find out about Dr. Sobh and his ‘boots on ground’ academic passion that led him on a path from Alexandria, Egypt to Michigan. You can also read the transcript from our conversation. 

    • 28 min

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