Michigan’s University Research Corridor this month kicked off its “Blue Economy Tour” to discuss the findings of its 2014 “Innovating for the Blue Economy” report and ways to promote more water-related jobs and research in Michigan. Each tour stop will involve URC researchers and leaders from state and local government, educational institutions and economic development groups. Stops on the tour include Macomb County’s Harrison Township, Houghton, Muskegon, Traverse City and Bay City/Saginaw.
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.