BLM Promotes Agenda to Make Michigan a “Global Engineering Village”
DETROIT, Mich., December 2, 2013 —Michigan can capitalize on its engineering strengths to become a leader in the knowledge economy of tomorrow, according to recommendations released today by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM).
BLM convened top economic and industry leaders to develop a business agenda that capitalizes on Michigan’s strong engineering base, attracts and develops new engineering talent, and redefines the state’s economic identity.
“Michigan leads the nation in the number of engineers per capita, and has the output metrics and earnings power to support tremendous economic growth,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. “We began with these strengths in mind, and reached out to key stakeholders to help develop a business plan capable of strengthening the state’s economy through this industry sector.”
The strategy is aimed at a single goal: increase the engineering sector’s contribution to Michigan’s economy over the next ten years and help Michigan achieve recognition as a Global Engineering Village with exceptional and plentiful engineering talent. Three key strategies are identified to achieve the goal:
- Attract engineers from out-of-state and retain those already in Michigan
- Implement a marketing & branding campaign that positions Michigan as a hotbed for engineers
- Strengthen Michigan’s education system and expand practical applications to encourage students to engage in technical careers and specifically engineering.