Global Conference 2015
Rick Snyder is governor of Michigan. With the self-proclaimed moniker "One Tough Nerd," Snyder has prioritized making government more efficient and effective for Michigan's residents. In his first term, the state passed four balanced budgets, eliminated a $1.5-billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation. Since Snyder took office in 2011, Michigan has created over 300,000 new private-sector jobs and posted its lowest unemployment rate in 12 years. Snyder has also built a bipartisan coalition of Michiganders to put Detroit on a path to success. With the governor's unwavering commitment, Detroit has emerged from bankruptcy and is poised to make a great comeback. The governor's commitment to what he calls "relentless positive action" has brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan's future.