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Granholm: Michigan Is the Center of 21st Century Innovation

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Media, Auto Experts Hear Governor's Pitch at Auto Show

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today highlighted Michigan as the center of global innovation, saying Michigan is the best friend of high-tech innovators everywhere and in every industry, but especially the auto industry.


Granholm explained how the state is creating an innovative, exciting and diverse economy. Last month, she signed into law the 21stst Century economy that will not only help advanced automotive companies continue to design and develop new technologies and the next generation of vehicles in the state, but will also create new opportunities in other high-tech, high-growth fields of life sciences, alternative energy and homeland security and defense.

The symposium addressed such topics as the future of auto production, producing environmentally-friendly products and meeting the diverse demands of the 21st Century marketplace, and featured the following industry experts:

  • Sean McAlinden, Center for Automotive Research
  • Fred Keller, Cascade Engineering
  • Chris Kersting, Specialty Equipment Market Association
  • Robert Schumacher, Delphi Electronics and Safety
  • John Waraniak, TATA Consultancy Services

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