Governor Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of Ara Topouzian, President/CEO of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The 15-member council, housed in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, helps create an environment of artistic, creative, and cultural activity to support Michigan’s quality of life and economic vitality.

“This group of individuals has a wide range of experience that I believe is well suited to help support the arts and cultural activities in Michigan,” Snyder said in a press release about all the appointments for the council.

“Michigan has a vibrant creative economy and I am excited to volunteer my time for the efforts to help strengthen our economy,” said Topouzian.

Topouzian is the President and CEO of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, and previously served as the economic development director for the City of Novi. He is an active member in the community and is involved in various associations and boards. He is an active board member of Creative Many Michigan, a statewide organization that develops creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan through research, advocacy, professional practice and communications. Topouzian holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Wayne State University.

For more information on the appointment, please contact the Troy Chamber office via email – or call (248) 641-8151.