Whitmer reshapes economic development dept.

Michigan
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has restructured and renamed Michigan’s economic development department and appointed Detroit’s workforce development director to lead it.

Whitmer on Thursday signed an executive order creating the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), which will replace the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) formed by her predecessor. The move will take effect unless rejected by the Republican-led Legislature within 60 days.

Whitmer also created new appeals commissions for unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation.

Jeff Donofrio, who has worked as Detroit’s executive director for workforce development, will lead the new department. It will handle functions such as housing development, economic development, workforce development and historic preservation.

Whitmer says her move will help the state be “much more efficient and strategic” on economic and workforce development.

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