LANSING, Mich. June 20, 2023 — Speaker Joe Tate (D-Detroit) announced his choice for appointment to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Growing Michigan Together Council today. The council was created by the governor to develop a statewide strategy to grow Michigan’s population, while cultivating a Michigan people want to call home. After hearing he was appointed, state Rep. Alabas Farhat (D-Dearborn) issued the following statement: 

“It is an honor to be asked to serve on this new council. When my family came to Michigan, it was because this state welcomed new Americans, had neighborhoods where families wanted to raise their children and cities with world-class amenities. Now, in an increasingly competitive climate for talent, I’m excited to lend my voice — as both a legislator and a Gen Zer — as this council begins the work of shaping Michigan’s future.

Some of the council’s priorities include: attracting and retaining talent; improving education; upgrading and modernizing transportation and infrastructure; and continuing to move Michigan’s economy forward. For more information, please view the Executive Order 2023-04.