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Ned Staebler quoted in Mlive article examining state economic development initiatives

December 5, 2012

Mlive, 12/4 Job-creation push spawns flurry of numbers, opinions By Rick Haglund Comparing various kinds of economic development initiatives for their impact on jobs and economic growth often isn't easy. And that's especially true for two primary incentive programs Michigan has used in recent years; the Michigan Economic Growth Authority and the 21st Century Jobs Fund. Ned Staebler, who oversaw the Jobs Fund under Granholm, said its value went beyond job creation. "More than 1,500 companies were helped. Nine hundred patents were filed and 350 products were commercialized. Those are all really good things," said Staebler, who now is vice president for economic development at Wayne State University.