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Former State of Michigan MEDC Director Steve Arwood joins InvestUP

InvestUP is pleased to announce that Steve Arwood has joined the business development team as Strategic Initiatives Advisor. Arwood, most recently Chief Executive Officer of Miller Canfield Consulting in Lansing, Michigan, now is President of SDArwood Co., a firm established to provide strategic consulting to public and private entities on critical initiatives.  Arwood will work with InvestUP on business development initiatives outlined in the new strategic plan.

With more than 30 years of private and public sector experience, Arwood brings his connectivity and comprehensive understanding of business, talent and community development to the Upper Peninsula. Steve will work closely with the InvestUP team and Board of Directors to bring growth to the Upper Peninsula.

In his career with the State of Michigan, Arwood has held several positions in two separate Administrations, including President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; President and Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund; Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs; and the Director of the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) under Governor Snyder.

“I am eager to join the InvestUP team,” said Arwood. “Having worked across the region for years, there is a unique new proposition for economic growth. Combining an excellent system of higher-ed institution, a multitude of value opportunities for businesses, and unmatched quality of life, the Upper Peninsula region has what is needed to meet the rising demands of companies and individuals seeking to take advantage of remote work opportunities.”

InvestUP CEO Marty Fittante enthusiastically welcomes Arwood. “The depth and breadth of Steve’s experience coupled with his vision for the region will help InvestUP advance the organization’s strategic mission.” Marty expanded, “During Steve’s time as CEO of MEDC, he made measurable differences on U.P. projects including increased funding for rural broadband. He also helped attract companies to the U.P. and developed funding for a large number of community revitalization projects. Steve’s contributions to InvestUP will help to further opportunities, through measurable and impactful outcomes, across the U.P.”

Please help InvestUP and the Board of Directors welcome Steve Arwood to the Upper Peninsula business community!

About InvestUP

InvestUP is a private sector-led economic development organization keenly focused on driving economic growth across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Founded by the region’s leading private sector businesses and the region’s universities, its mission is to drive prosperity across the region.

As a part of our commitment to the Upper Peninsula, we collaborate with partners to share some of the most compelling stories about business and job growth across the region. Our goal through these stories is to get at the heart of what makes the U.P. unique — and to ensure these stories travel beyond our peninsula and broadly illustrate why the UP is the place to live and work.

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