Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) and the URC have been engaged as strategic partners, working together over the years to identify and advance opportunities to strengthen Michigan’s economy. A business executive roundtable made up of the state’s largest job providers and universities, BLM is focused on making Michigan a “Top Ten” state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. To help Michigan be more competitive and grow our economy, the Building a New Michigan Plan, a recent update to BLM’s Michigan Turnaround Plan, calls on business, community, university, government and public leaders to leverage and invest in our state assets. One significant asset which BLM prioritizes for investment is higher education to increase educational attainment of the state’s population and to accelerate innovation through growth in R&D. Read More About BLM’s Michigan Plan
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.