LANSING — The state’s Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) will likely have a new director come end of the month.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced in a statement today that he’s tapped Roger Curtis to lead the organization that Snyder created by executive order in late-2014.
Curtis will enter the role on Nov. 28, 2016, pending approval by the state Senate. Previously, he served as president of Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn for 10 years.
Curtis will take over the position from Steve Arwood, who will continue his role as CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).
“Steve Arwood is a key part of our talent efforts here in Michigan,” Snyder said in a statement. “He was instrumental in the creation of TED and helping us truly coordinate talent departments to help Michiganders. His leadership at the MEDC will be a critical part of our state’s continued comeback.”
The makeup of TED includes the MEDC, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Talent Investment Agency with the intention of bringing talent and economic development under one roof.
A spokesperson for the governor said that as he enters the final years of his term, he wants to keep talent development a priority and splitting the position at this time allows for that.