The director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth is resigning effective February 3.
David Hollister, a former mayor of Lansing, plans to head up a new nonprofit organization promoting regional economic development.
Hollister was approached for the new job by Lansing area officials including Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, Lansing Mayor Virgil Bernero and Lansing Community College President Paula Cunningham.
Hollister left the city of Lansing to work in the administration of Governor Jennifer Granholm in January 2003.
The state has been saddled with one of the nation's highest unemployment rates. Michigan's jobless rate in November was 6.6 percent, above the national average of 5 percent.