One of the big names in economic development in the state will be in town Feb. 12 for the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County’s semiannual luncheon. Michael Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will be the keynote speaker. According to Dan Casey, of the Economic Development Alliance insight into the state’s economic development strategy is key this year. Under Finney’s leadership, the MEDC developed the Pure Michigan Business Connect, which provides comprehensive business development, capital access, talent enhancement and marketing assistance to Michigan-based companies. In addition to his role with the MEDC, Finney serves on the board of directors for the State Science and Technology Institute, the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, Governor Rick Snyder’s Talent Investment Board and the Washtenaw Community College Foundation. Attendees will also be updated on the economic development in the county.