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ACE summit visits Grand Rapids

ACE Committee members in Detroit.
Economic Development Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
ACE Committee members in Detroit.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is hosting Americas Competitive Exchange program - 70 senior-level government, business, policy, and economic leaders from 20 different countries touring Michigan this week.

Americas Competitive Exchange, also known as ACE, is a summit held in different regions of the Americas and Caribbean twice a year.

This week, the ACE Committee is touring various sites throughout Michigan exploring global partnerships and economic development opportunities.

Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce William Ramos is a member of the committee visiting Grand Valley State University. He says differing economic climates shouldn’t stand in the way of learning from other countries.

“The climate may be different here in Michigan than it is in Latin America, for example, but there are synergies into how those economies can learn from all the great stuff that’s happening in Michigan.”

Visits include Detroit Diesel, Michigan State University, Amway, Kellogg, and the University of Michigan.

Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Jamaica, Dr. Andrea Barrett says the ACE summit helps bring together schools and businesses to share knowledge for the common good.

“Industry needs to collaborate with the universities, with academia, so that the knowledge can be disseminated out into the public and be applied to real life solutions for the people.”

The ACE Committee finishes its Michigan tour May 10th.

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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