Member Meeting

Michigan’s Competitive Advantage: The URC, Economy and Our Collective Future

11:30 AM

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The Honorable John Engler

Interim President

Michigan State University

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Dr. Mark Schlissel


University of Michigan

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Dr. M. Roy Wilson

Dr. M. Roy Wilson


Wayne State University

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About This Meeting

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the Detroit Economic Club hosted presidents from the state’s University Research Corridor (URC). Michigan State University Interim President The Honorable John Engler, University of Michigan President Dr. Mark Schlissel and Wayne State University President Dr. M. Roy Wilson shared data from the URC’s 2018 Economic Impact Report.

Changing the public’s view on higher education is a priority. Schlissel explained, “When most people think of higher ed, they think of a place to send your kids to school…but we’re a lot more than that. In addition to educating students and the future workforce, we’re an engine for innovation in the state.” Engler reminded the audience about needing talent at all levels – business to blue tech to medical doctors, along with artisan careers with the rebuilding of Detroit.

Overall, the URC contributed a total of $18.7 billion to the state’s economy, which Wilson said equates to about $4,800 per household.

To learn more about the URC’s 2018 Economic Impact Report watch the URC’s video here: https://vimeo.com/286588439



Meeting Agenda

11:30 a.m. Speaker Reception

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Program

1:30 p.m Adjourn

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Jon Wolman

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