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Michigan is home to clusters of manufacturers, suppliers, R&D facilities, universities and ancillary services that contribute to the state’s atmosphere of collaboration and heightened productivity, setting Michigan up to lead the world into the next generation of technology through research and development.

Michigan businesses spent $22.4 billion on R&D in 2018, ranking 4th in the nation.

Michigan businesses spent $22.4 billion on R&D in 2018, ranking 4th in the nation.

Michigan employs 4,500 commercial and industrial designers, the most in the nation; we also have the highest concentration of these workers, four times higher than the national average.

Michigan employs 4,500 commercial and industrial designers, the most in the nation; we also have the highest concentration of these workers, four times higher than the national average.

Three of the top 100 U.S. research universities make up Michigan’s University Research Corridor. Michigan’s URC conducts 92% of academic R&D and 94% of federally funded R&D in the state.

Three of the top 100 U.S. research universities make up Michigan’s University Research Corridor. Michigan’s URC conducts 92% of academic R&D and 94% of federally funded R&D in the state.

Michigan has over 3,400 payrolled business locations in EDD industries; nearly 2,000 of those are in the engineering services industry

Michigan has over 3,400 payrolled business locations in EDD industries; nearly 2,000 of those are in the engineering services industry

Michigan ranks 6th in the nation for patent awards (residents were awarded 7,268 utility patents in 2019).

Michigan ranks 6th in the nation for patent awards (residents were awarded 7,268 utility patents in 2019).

Michigan has the most extensive network of autonomous vehicle and mobility testing infrastructure in the U.S.

Michigan has the most extensive network of autonomous vehicle and mobility testing infrastructure in the U.S.

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The Michigan Opportunity Podcast

Michigan’s leading technology resources, investments in R&D facilities and universities, and talented EDD workforce are highlighted in several episodes of The Michigan Opportunity Podcast. Now in its second season, host Ed Clemente has been joined by several guests specializing in engineering, design and development. Click on the episode links to the right and listen to insightful conversations and hear about new, emerging global trends.

Living in Michigan

Michigan’s attractive business climate is surpassed only by its natural beauty and active lifestyle. With four seasons, 11,000 lakes and the country’s longest freshwater coastline, Michigan offers ample opportunities to enjoy recreational activities like boating, fishing, golf, skiing, hiking and more. Michigan is also home to the highly regarded Detroit Institute of Arts, over 100 wineries, and is a craft beer destination. We also have the lowest cost of living of any state in the Midwest. When it comes to living and doing business, nothing compares to Pure Michigan.

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