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Former Michigan economic development leader Michael Finney dies in Florida

Former Michigan economic development leader Michael Finney dies in Florida

Miami – Friends and associates of former Michigan resident Michael A. Finney were stunned by his sudden death over the weekend in Florida.

Mr. Finney, who was president and CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, a nonprofit public-private economic development organization in Florida, died after suffering a heart attack Sunday, according to friend and business associate Eric Knowles, CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce.

“From everything I knew he was in good health,” said Knowles. “He had just returned from a week-long business trip to Israel. He had made a quick impact here in just a short time.”

Mr. Finney, 65, of Coral Gables, moved to Florida in 2017 to lead the agency seeking to lure businesses, jobs and investment to the Miami-Dade area.

“Michael Finney was an eternal optimist. He spent his career helping communities grow, strengthening their economies, and creating pathways to prosperity for residents believing at his core that everyone deserved the chance to succeed,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a statement released by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council.

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