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Michigan's University Research Corridor Makes Strong Showing among Eight Leading U.S. Research Clusters


LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) ranks high among eight university innovation clusters in a new measure that examines R&D spending, research commercialization and talent production, according to a new Economic Impact Report released today.

The URC – consisting of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University – ranked second in the Innovation Power Ranking when compared to seven other major university research clusters in six states, including well-known hubs such as North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, California’s Innovation Hubs and Massachusetts’ Route 128 Corridor.

The report, prepared by East Lansing, Mich.-based Anderson Economic Group (AEG), showed that the URC universities conferred 32,483 graduate and undergraduate degrees in 2012, more than any of the university innovation clusters the URC has benchmarked itself against since 2007. The URC also granted the highest number of medical degrees and second-highest number of high-demand degrees overall, saw its research and development spending rise to nearly $2.1 billion and continued to commercialize its research through patents and start-up companies.

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Two Great Leaders Make Career Moves!

Tony Earley, Executive Chairman of DTE Energy, announced this week he would take the helm as PG&E's new CEO next month in San Francisco.  We congratulate Tony on his new job, but are sad to lose him from the community.  While Tony says he's coming back in a few years to retire in metro Detroit, we'll miss his steady leadership for a state that needs all the good leadership it can get.  Tony was a former chair of Detroit Renaissance, our predecessor organization, and led several major initiatives to build out downtown Detroit's public spaces and improve the schools.

The good news in this story though is that Gerry Anderson steps up to add the Chairman's title to his President & CEO role at DTE Energy.  Gerry is an active BLM board member and chairs our Accelerate Michigan initiative - a partnership between BLM and the University Research Corridor designed to increase university-business engagement.  We congratulate Gerry on his promotion!