the former CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michael Finney, dies at 65

Former Michigan economic development official Michael Finney has died in Florida at 65. He was a remarkable and generous mentor to hundreds of Cardinal students and alumni. He achieved tremendous success in his career. Michael died at the Mercy Hospital after being taken to his Coconut Grove home early Sunday morning on April 3, 2022. It has been revealed that he suffered a Heart Attack.

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Michael Finney was married to his wife Gina and they had three sons named Michael Jr, Marcus, and Austin together. They married in a ritual ceremony on August 6, 1983. In addition to serving as the leader of the Miami Dade Beacon Council, he made a significant contribution to the South Florida community by promoting the hiring of blind and visually impaired employees.

He handled the public-private partnership during Beacon’s and the community’s unprecedented growth and change. He was a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in human resources from Central Michigan University.

Michael was a visionary leader and a bridge-builder who pushed for collaboration and action. He was a clever, perceptive convener, which contributed to his status as one of the country’s top economic development experts. Michael became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the county’s official economic development body, in 2017.

In expressing his condolences, the CEO of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce talked about the exemplary character of his leadership. He said that “his leadership will be remembered for a long time, and he will be sorely missed.”

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