Infrastructure is the foundation of our economy and of modern society, but it is often taken for granted until it fails to work. Michigan and the nation made big investments in infrastructure in the 20th century, which are starting to show their age and are overdue for improvement.
Join us on an Infrastructure Innovation tour of the state of Michigan and help us continue the conversation. Expert teams visit the following communities to discuss issues and opportunities related to infrastructure and its role in daily life.
Read a final report on the tour, commissioned by the URC and produced by Elizabeth Riggs, managing director, of Freshwater Coast Solutions, LLC: Summary URC Tour, June 2019
JUNE 25, 2019 | DETROIT
MAY 28, 2019 | SAULT STE MARIE
Soo Locks & Shipping/Commerce
APRIL 29, 2019 | SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN / KALAMAZOO
PFAS & Water
NOVEMBER 19, 2019 | SANILAC COUNTY
Rural Broadband Access
OCTOBER 31, 2019 | MONROE
Algae & Water Infrastructure
The URC is an incredible asset for our industry, state, and citizens in terms of the scale of R&D conducted at its universities in critically important areas. Medical and healthcare discoveries with the potential to improve and save lives position Michigan as a top state for innovation in the life, medical and health sciences.
The University Research Corridor showcases Michigan’s world class universities, economic competitiveness, and scientific breakthroughs being made every day in our state. This innovative partnership is creating jobs, fostering relationships with all types of businesses, from our largest corporations to smallest entrepreneurial businesses, and driving innovation in all sectors of our economy.
I think certainly there has been an uptick in entrepreneurship in the state, and I think a lot of that is owed to the URC getting more involved in economic development in the last 10 years.