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Plainwell Economic Development official discusses meeting with President Obama

When President Obama visited the Detroit area on Monday (NPR story here), a small group of people from around the state met with him briefly. Among them was the city of Plainwell’s Downtown and Economic Manager Emilie Schada.

Schada told WMUK’s Gordon Evans that a grassroots group called “The Action” identified her as a community leader, and asked her to go through a vetting process to meet with the President.
Before President Obama spoke at a factory in Redford, Schada says she had brief, informal and friendly chat with the President. She did invite him to visit Plainwell. Schada says he didn’t commit to a visit. 

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have been negotiating a deal to head off the so-called “fiscal cliff.” That is when automatic spending reductions take effect along with the expiration of tax cuts. Schada says maintaining tax cuts for middle class families is crucial to small towns like Plainwell. 

Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.