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About the host: Ed Clemente

Ed Clemente joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in 2020 as Senior Advisor for Trends and Development.

From 2012 to 2020, Clemente served as a two-term Governor appointed Hearing Commissioner of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). Execution of over 7,000 court orders/decisions, over the course of service. Prior to joining the MLCC, Clemente launched the Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) of Michigan, establishing it as a 501c3 and 501c6 entity and serving as its first president.

Ed Clemente was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004, representing parts of southern Wayne County. During his three terms at the State House (2004-2010), he led task forces on electric vehicles, biosciences, the motion picture industry, brownfields restoration, economic development, quality of life and advanced energies. Prior to his tenure as a public servant, Clemente held several leadership positions with the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce, including President and Director of Economic and Business Development. He also chaired the Economic Development Committee of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and was elected district trustee of Wayne County Community College, serving four terms.

Clemente is a graduate of Ferris State, Michigan State University and Sienna Heights. Clemente received a prestigious scholarship from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the National Judicial College for Administrative Law. He is a graduate of several political leadership development programs, including Leadership Detroit, Michigan Political Leadership Program, and Leadership 21. He is a former small business owner and taught at Northwood University. Additionally, he hosts a “Critical Conversations” podcast and is a member of Workforce Advisors at Wayne County Community College. Ed sits on the board of Global Ties Detroit and the Motor Cities National Heritage Area. An avid traveller, Ed has visited over 80 countries and territories, over 150 UNESCO World Heritage sites, many to participate in rugby tournaments, others for professional exchanges and some out of sheer intellectual curiosity.


The Michigan Opportunity is brought to you by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Working with more than 100 economic development partners, MEDC markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses with their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.

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