Snyder says he's disappointed by PulteGroup move

Company taking headquarters from Bloomfield Hills to Atlanta

By Halston Herrera - Digital news editor

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he's disappointed that the homebuilding company PulteGroup has decided to move its headquarters from the Detroit area to Atlanta.

The Republican governor discussed the situation Friday during a business conference on Mackinac Island. He said he'd asked PulteGroup CEO Richard Dugas whether anything could be done to reverse the decision and was told there wasn't.

Snyder said the good news is that the company's homebuilding operations will remain in Oakland County.

"They said their home building practice is actually picking up in Michigan. They fully intend to keep building homes in Michigan and they see a positive outlook," Snyder said.

But he said the loss of the PulteGroup headquarters shows that Michigan still needs to improve its business climate.

"I think we've created a great environment and this isn't a straight line. We will suffer some losses and we have a lot of wins. We have a lot more wins than losses," Snyder said.

Snyder also said the future of Michigan was not who it attracts but how it would keep companies growing.

"This talent question is probably even more important than tax credits. It's who has the most talented workforce, the talented people with the right skill sets and the right place is what really keeps most people motivated," he said. "So, let's really work this talent question."

State Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer said the move shows that corporate tax breaks backed by Snyder and the Legislature's Republican majority are not providing the jobs and economic growth that were promised.

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