University Research Corridor, Business Leaders for MI form strategic alliance

The University Research Corridor, a partnership between the state's three research universities, has formed an alliance with the Business Leaders for Michigan called Accelerate Michigan to help push forward economic development in Michigan.

The new partnership will connect the top minds and innovations from the cream of the crop of Michigan's universities with the biggest corporations in the state. The idea is to use those synergies to make Michigan a Top 10 state for economic growth.

"This is one of the keys to successfully transforming and strengthening our economy," says Jeff Mason, executive director of the University Research Corridor.

Accelerate Michigan was developed over the past year based on benchmarking industry-university partnerships in other states, conducted by McKinsey & Company, and identifying the most critical factors that have driven innovation-based growth in places like Silicon Valley, Massachusetts' Route 128, and North Carolina's Research Triangle.

Mason says more similar partnerships could develop in the future, but for now local leaders will focus on Accelerate Michigan. "We're always open to looking at strategic alliances and partnerships," Mason says. "This is one of the most important things for us right now."

Source: Jeff Mason, executive director of the University Research Corridor
Writer: Jon Zemke
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