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Michigan Impact

Southeast Michigan
2013 summer Issue

U-M launches new center to transform mobility

U-M has established the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center as a partnership with government and industry to dramatically improve the safety, accessibility and sustainability of modern transportation. The partnership places Ann Arbor and Michigan at the forefront of research into connected vehicles and vehicle systems.

The model deployment will build, in part, on a $25 million study for the U.S. Department of Transportation now underway at U-M Transportation Research Institute. Researchers there have outfitted nearly 3,000 private cars, trucks and buses in Ann Arbor with wireless devices to communicate information that can alert drivers in potential crash situations to each other as well as to similar devices located at intersections, curves and freeway sites in the area.

Business Leaders for Michigan has identified becoming a "global center for mobility" as one of the six strategies with the most potential to grow the economy.

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Annual iLabs survey finds improving Technology Business Climate

Technology business leaders have a more consistent and positive perspective of Michigan as a place to do business, according to the fifth annual Michigan Technology Climate survey conducted by iLabs, UM-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.

The survey, which assesses opinions of executives regarding the current business climate facing high growth and tech firms, found the majority of leaders plan to expand their workforce this year to meet expected increases in sales.

More than 150 technology business leaders participated in the survey, with half indicating that a majority of their revenue comes from Michigan.

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UM-Dearborn students pitch business ideas

UM-Dearborn students pitched business ideas, ranging from a marathon that features extreme obstacle courses to an iPhone app that allows people to create events and invite friends at the click of a button, at the College of Business’ Pitch Day competition. Some students were rewarded with cash prizes for their business pitches, as voted upon by the judges.

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Detroit sustainability indicators project

Detroit Sustainability Indicators Project Launches
The Graham Institute and Data Driven Detroit have partnered to initiate the Detroit Sustainability Indicators Project. The goal of the project is to gather, assess and map data on sustainability-related topics and create a sustainability index for Detroit. The sustainability index will drive informed decision-making and promote sustainable redevelopment in Detroit.

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