HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Rick Snyder made his annual trek to the Tulip Time Festival in Holland Wednesday afternoon.
The governor passed on the traditional street sweeping but he told the crowd at the Festival Luncheon they should be proud of their accomplishments and that they are setting an example for the rest of the state.
Snyder said not only is the Tulip Time Festival one of the marquee festivals in the state and a model of how to leverage tourism dollars, but he said Ottawa County is setting the pace for creating jobs with one of the lowest unemployment levels in the state.
In fact, the governor spent most of his speech talking about the relative strength of the state. While acknowledging the problems in Flint and Detroit with emphasis on schools there, Snyder also said there were bright spots including a resurgent auto industry and manufacturing in general.
Snyder says that now is not the time to stop innovating. That, he says, is what we did the last time the state’s economy was good and paid dearly for it when the auto industry and economy in general tanked.
“Let’s not be complacent nor content with that. Let’s be looking farther out into the future,” Snyder told 24 Hour News 8. “Let’s be planning effectively to say the worlds going to continue to be more global, velocity of change only goes faster so we need to be doing even more work to plan and think ahead.”
The governor also repeated his goal to reinstate more comprehensive technical training to fill jobs that he says are open right now in Michigan.
Following up on his education theme, Snyder also made stops at a robotics event in Zeeland and a community college in Muskegon on Wednesday.