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During 2021, business, education, economic development and policy leaders across the state pushed to invest state and federal dollars in higher education as the best way to boost Michigan’s economy and to support companies, families and communities. Stories ran from Marquette to Monroe, voters weighed in with their state legislators, and boardrooms statewide echoed with the same message: “Fund Higher Education.”

During a virtual press conference earlier this year, the support for university funding was clear. The bottom line is: If we want Michigan to be home to the best jobs, most prosperous industries and most competitive talent, we need to get serious about supporting our universities and their students with the funds they need to compete with the best.



Keep reading to learn more about Michigan's research universities -- Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University -- and the work they have put in to foster innovative research, move ideas to the market, produce talent, confront COVID-19, mitigate environmental challenges and more. 

EMPOWERING MICHIGAN: ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CORRIDOR


This year’s Economic Impact Report shows that Michigan’s URC institutions continue to be world leaders and are the engine for innovation in Michigan, increasing economic prosperity in the state and Great Lakes region.

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MICHIGAN'S UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CORRIDOR POWERS MOBILITY INNOVATION


The URC's Mobility Brief was published in 2021, highlighting how Michigan’s three major research universities continue to be a part of the innovation, research and talent development that cement the state's global position in the mobility industry.

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Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) is one of the nation's top academic research clusters and the leading engine for innovation in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. An alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, the URC is focused on increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world.
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