Facility Will House Next Generation Internet Technology Research andDevelopment
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Washtenaw Development Council announced today that a request for proposals has gone out for construction of the state’s new Michigan Technology Center (MTC) in Ann Arbor.
The center will focus on what is known as “Internet2,” a private-public sector partnership whose goal is to create a faster electronic network than that which is offered by the present Internet.
“Michigan is quickly becoming known as Internet2’s home,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“The Michigan Technology Center will be a visible facility that anchors Michigan’s image as a center for the next generation of Internet technology development and commercialization.”
The University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), the non-profit organization supporting Internet2, will be housed in the new Technology Center.
“The MEDC’s support for a Michigan Technology Center demonstrates its commitment to advance the state of Michigan's information technology environment,” said Dr. Douglas Van Houweling, president and CEO of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development. “Internet2 shares the MEDC’s belief that technology is a critical ingredient in economic strength.We are happy to participate in this exciting project.”
The center will have more than 100,000 square feet of space, including 10,000 square feet of high tech incubator/flexible office and lab space to lease to companies seeking short-term facilities as they work on projects with UCAID or other public or non-profit researchers.
Governor Engler made construction of the Michigan Technology Center a priority in his January 2001 State of the State address.
“Ann Arbor can justifiably lay claim to being one of the homes of the present Internet,” said Susan Lackey, president of the Washtenaw Development Council. “With the Michigan Technology Center, we hope to ensure that everyone understands that this is also the home of Internet2 and beyond.”
Elements identified for inclusion in Internet2 include multi-channel streaming media, virtual workspace manipulation, real time video conferencing, online libraries, inter-device mobile communications and other technologies yet to be developed. The Michigan Technology Center will serve as an incubator for creating these technologies and promoting their worldwide implementation.
In addition to housing UCAID, the Michigan Technology Center will become home to the Ann Arbor IT Zone and Merit Network, Inc.
“Michigan’s leading statewide network is pleased to participate in the Michigan Technology Center,” said Hunt Williams, president of Merit Network, Inc. “This new facility will provide a state-of-the-art home for Merit and for networking in Michigan, and will showcase Michigan's long-standing leadership in advanced Internet technologies.”
The deadline for developers to submit proposals for the Michigan Technology Center is January 15, 2002, with final selection expected to be completed by February 28, 2002. The new center is scheduled to be completed and ready for occupants by the fall of 2003.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a partnership between the state and local communities, promoting smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.
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