Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Michael Shore, MEDC
First Consortium Members Announced at Lansing Event
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) today announced the final development agreement for the Lansing Regional SmartZone and announced the initial members of its governing consortium. MEDC President Jim Epolito joined Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and local officials today for the announcement.
Supported by the cities of Lansing and East Lansing in partnership with Ingham County, Lansing Community College, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, MBI International, Michigan State University, the Michigan State University Foundation and the University Corporate Research Park, the zone seeks to stimulate the growth of technology-based businessesin the Lansing region. It will focus on business attraction, creation and expansion in the fields of life sciences, advanced manufacturing and information technology. Special attention will be given to helping firms capitalize on research and technical resources at Michigan State University and MBI International.
- George Benson - MSU Foundation
- Tim Daman - Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Cindy Douglas - Michigan Economic Development Corporation
- David Hayhow - University Corporate Research Park
- Chris Holman - The Greater Lansing Business Monthly
- Loraine Hudson - Michigan State University
- Bob Johnson - City of Lansing
- Lori Meeder - National City Bank
- Susan Pigg - County of Ingham
- Lynnette Rhodes - L & S Associates
- Theda Rudd - Rudd Enterprises Kevin Schoen - ACD.net
- Dean Souden - Lansing Community College
The 11 SmartZones throughout the state represent collaborations between universities, industry, research organizations, government and other community institutions intended to stimulate the growth of technology-based businesses and jobs. The focus is on commercializing ideas, patents and other opportunities surrounding corporate, university or private research institute R&D efforts.
Greater Lansing Business Monthly
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information on MEDC initiatives and programs, visit the Web site at www.michigan.org.