LANSING — The Small Business Association of Michigan wants to build on the state’s past efforts in economic development policy while also creating continuity from one governor’s administration to the next.

That’s important for SBAM, since Michigan voters will elect a new governor in November to succeed Gov. Rick Snyder, who’s term-limited and leaves office at the end of the year.

In issuing a series of policy recommendations now for an “entrepreneurship- led” economic development strategy that focuses on existing, growing companies, SBAM wants get its ideas in front of gubernatorial candidates as they campaign for office this summer and fall.

“We would very much like to shape the thinking of all of the candidates for governor right now, and start a conversation about economic development strategy and philosophy that hopefully will lead into the new administration, whoever it is,” said SBAM CEO Rob Fowler. “We’re not tipping our hat to one candidate or the other. We are very much saying that whoever is the next governor, we hope they will embrace this philosophy and this strategy.”

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