For the past year, Ionia County Farm Bureau member Jason McCormack represented Michigan’s food and agriculture industry on the governor-appointed 21st Century Economy Commission.
The newly-released report, “Building Michigan’s 21st Century Economy,” completes the work of the 23-member commission charged with identifying short- and long-term action items to achieve a vision of Michigan’s economic future. The task also included outlining the state’s priorities for the next 20 years to help build a high-level spending, policy and business-preparedness roadmap.
Specifically for the state’s food and agriculture industry, McCormack believes the report successfully addresses:
“I feel that we were able to highlight the key challenges and opportunities that Michigan must face to remain a strong player in the national and global economy for decades to come,” McCormack said. “Hopefully we will quickly see some of the commission's recommendations implemented.”
According to the commission’s statement, the report complements strategies outlined in the recent 21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report and 21st Century Education Commission Report.
With all three reports now submitted to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration, it’s expected the administration will recommend next steps for further development and plan implementation though a timeline hasn’t been publicly shared.
Additional overarching report recommendations include: