Workforce Development, Community Resource Development, and Innovation

Successful and thriving communities combine knowledgeable and engaged legislators, businesses, community groups, and residents. Agricultural producers benefit from improving their business and financial management skills, whether they raise dairy cows or grow blueberries. Marketing, distribution and other economic variables also play a critical role in the success and profitability of the state's agriculture and natural resources industries. We will:

  • Assist entrepreneurs who develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses.
  • Research and provide education on international trade and development, economic policy, domestic and foreign policy, and community resource planning and development to help Michigan growers and producers navigate governmental regulations both here and abroad, as well as connect them with foreign buyers and markets.
  • Assist Michigan communities in making critical policy decisions and functioning more smoothly with citizen involvement.