Biography of James McBryde


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As the President and CEO of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation, James McBryde is responsible for the strategic vision, organization and the economic development of Isabella and Clare counties.

Prior to joining the MMDC, McBryde served as Vice President and Senior Advisor for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). He worked on key state and federal initiatives and the passage of MEDC’s annual budget. Before joining the MEDC, McBryde also served as the Interim Chair for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and as Special Assistant for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

McBryde served for eight years in the Michigan House of Representatives, 99th District, having been first elected in 1990 and retiring due to term limits. He served on the House Appropriations Committee as Chair of the State Police and Military Affairs Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee.

McBryde received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University. Jim and his wife Kim have been married since 1987. They live in Mount Pleasant and have four wonderful daughters.

McBryde has received the following honors:

  • CMU Centennial Award as one of CMU’s most distinguished alumni of their first 100 years in 1992.
  • Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Sheriffs Association in 1994.
  • Merit Service Award by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in 1995.
  • Legislative Star Award by the Michigan Deputy Sheriffs Association in 1994 and 1996.
  • Distinguished Service Award by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in 2008.



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