Governor Whitmer to start 'opportunity' tour after speech

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will kick off a 50-event tour across Michigan following her first State of the State speech, starting in Grand Rapids with a focus on fixing the roads and making sure the workforce is adequately trained.

The Democrat will attend a breakfast Wednesday with business leaders, hosted by The Right Place economic development organization in Grand Rapids. She also will tour Grand Rapids Community College.

Whitmer is calling her post-State of the State events the "Home for Opportunity Tour." Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist or Cabinet members will attend the events that will extend into March.

Two of Whitmer's top priorities include addressing deteriorating road conditions and closing a "skills gap" so workers have the training they need to fill jobs.