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Planning and Economic Development

Gov. Whitmer’s new executive directive: How your business could become a state vendor

-Posted on August 6, 2019


In 2018, the State of Michigan awarded 8,813 contracts for a value of $2.14 billion. However, only 70 percent of those were awarded to in-state businesses. Through new executive action, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping to change that.

Early last week, the governor held a press conference at Lecom Utility Contractors in Roseville. The purpose of the event – to sign the Michigan Jobs First executive directive, which will revamp the state’s purchasing policies to ensure that contracts are awarded to companies that create good-paying jobs in Michigan and are good stewards of the state.




“Michigan is home to the hardest working people and best businesses in the world, and our state should work to ensure that more of our Michigan tax dollars support Michigan workers and businesses at every opportunity,” Whitmer said. “We want Michigan to be a home for opportunity for everyone, which begins with supporting businesses that provide fair wages and good benefits. This executive directive will strengthen our commitment to these priorities and bring the greatest possible benefit to Michigan’s businesses, workers and families.” 

Previously, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) only used the following factors to make a best value determination: price, quality, transition costs, experience, market share, timeliness and agreement to terms. The new directive allows these areas to still be taken into account, but it also requires new factors for determination, such as wages, benefits, labor and environmental track record and location in economically-disadvantaged zones to weigh a business’s overall impact.

In addition to expanding best value factors, the executive directive also ensures that Michigan businesses receive the full preference to which they are entitled under law when the state makes its purchasing decisions.   

This begs the question – how can your business become a state vendor? There’s a short process involved, but the state lays it all out here for interested parties. You can even access a checklist to help you in your venture. Of course, if you’d like additional information, the Macomb County business development team is here to help. According to County Executive Mark A. Hackel: “It makes sense for the state to prioritize our homegrown job creators and I applaud this effort. Our business development team will engage Macomb County companies and take advantage of the Michigan Jobs First executive directive.”

So get in touch today and a local development specialist can link you into the state. Visit or call our office at (586) 469-5285.

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist with Macomb County Planning and Economic Development.