LANSING, Mich., September 30, 2020 – State Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) has been recognized as a Legislative Economic Development Champion by the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA). The award was presented to Tate by Khalil Rahal, the Assistant County Executive of Wayne County on August 31 at the Guardian Building in Downtown Detroit with MEDA’s Executive Director, John Avery.


“I’m honored to receive this award and applaud the work that the MEDA has done to attract and grow business, create and retain jobs, and make our communities a better place to live,” said Tate. “Every Michigander should have the freedom to support themselves and achieve financial security, and the MEDA’s continued efforts on economic development projects help achieve that goal.”


Tate was nominated by James McBryde, President and CEO of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation, for his work in economic development, as a project manager for the Detroit Economic Development Corporation (DEGC), and championing economic development funding at the State level. He has also been instrumental in forming a bipartisan coalition to support funding for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


“Joe Tate has done a great job working on a bipartisan basis for the economic development of this state,” said McBryde. “He has sponsored tax credit legislation for employers who purchase personal protection equipment for their employees and had been a champion in support of veterans and veteran apprenticeship programs. Rep. Tate also sponsored one of the bills signed into law last year that help protect Michigan-based businesses by codifying Michigan’s sales tax policy to make out-of-state marketplace facilitators and online sales companies like Amazon pay their fair share of sales taxes.”