In this episode, Jeff Mason speaks with Tom Walsh, renowned business writer for the Detroit Free Press. Tom reported on the activities of the URC during his time at the Free Press and recently he was commissioned to write a report outlining the collaboration’s impact on the region over the past decade. To complete the piece, Tom interviewed business, government and education leaders from across the state.
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.
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.
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.