Detroit Infrastructure Tour

Dialogue Hosted by Wayne State University

The final of six stops in the URC Infrastructure Innovation Tour, this forum in Detroit includes discussion on all five of the impact areas explored previously on the Infrastructure Innovation tour, highlighting statewide impacts, implications and paths forward.

Areas include:

  • Algal blooms on water and the direct effect on infrastructure, communities, industry and human health
  • Water infrastructure and contamination issues, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • Rural and urban access to broadband, and securing widespread connectivity
  • Impacts of Michigan’s failing road infrastructure on communities, and research underway to meet these challenges
  • Economic and environmental challenges and opportunities surrounding maritime shipping and lock expansion

Launched after publishing Foundation for the Future: URC Contributions to Infrastructure Improvement, this tour is built to continue conversations about infrastructure needs, promote innovation and foster future collaboration.


Agenda for Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1 p.m.

WSU Integrative Biosciences Center (iBio) | 6135 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

1:10 PM: Welcome from WSU President Wilson

1:15 PM: Tour Recap & Introductions

1:30 PM: Overview and dialogue with participants

2:20 PM: Additional Q&A

2:45 PM: Networking Reception & Interviews

3:00 PM: Event close