Republican Gov.-elect Rick Snyder and outgoing Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm say they’re joining forces to promote economic development in the state.

They appeared together in Lansing on Monday to announce appointments to the state’s principal business promotion agency.

“It looked very, very coopertive as they stood at the podium together, the current governor and the governor-elect,” said WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick.

Granholm and Snyder split up a list of appointments to the executive committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

“They thanked one-another for the bi-partisan cooperation. And the only thing missing with a verse of Kumbiya,” Skubick said.

 Snyder says the committee will designate Doug Rothwell as its chairman. He was the corporation’s chief executive under Republican Gov. John Engler.

 Snyder says he wants Michael Finney to be the development group’s new chief executive.
Finney is now president of Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership focused on economic development.

Michigan had the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate at 12.8 percent in October.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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