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2013 Spring Tech Tour

Latest Detroit 2013 Spring Tech Tour

Matt poses with the Spring Tech Tour Mobile, the 2013 Ram 1500 (WWJ Photo)

The Tech Tour Mobile: Truck Heaven

Dear Chrysler public relations people: Uh, I don’t remember where I put your truck. I’m sure it’ll turn up eventually. I’ll be sure to let you know.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/05/2013

The Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, run by Southwest Michigan First.

Tech Tour Day Seven: Tech Rules The Zoo, And Battle Creek Too

Everybody in Michigan talks about startups and entrepreneurship. But few Michigan cities live it better than this community of 100,000 or so in the southwest corner of the state.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/02/2013

Annu Deol, founder of Worx Displays, at the back of one of her display systems

Tech Tour Day Six: Grand Rapids = Grand Tech Startups

Grand Rapids, capital of West Michigan, is big enough to have lots of big, longtime tech companies rivaling anything in metro Detroit. So hi, Trivalent! Howdy, Open Systems Technologies! You guys are great, but this time I wanted new faces. So I asked Tim Mroz at the economic development agency The Right Place Inc. to find me some startups. And he found me some great ones.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/01/2013

This machine from Duperon in Bay City keeps debris out of water pipes. With the device is its inventory, Terry L. Duperon. Matt Roush photo.

Tech Tour Day Five: Tri-Cities Terrific

The Tri-Cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland is another corner of Michigan where there’s a proud tradition of, you know, actually building stuff, even when it comes to modern technology. And this tradition continues, even as the area remarkets itself as the Great Lakes Bay Region.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/30/2013

Workers assembling a cellulosic ethanol plant in Alpena. Matt Roush photo.

Tech Tour Day Four: Amazing Alpena

Alpena, hotbed of technology. Who knew? No, seriously. This gritty industrial town — sometimes literally gritty, home to a huge Lafarge Corp. cement plant and a huge wood processing plant that turns wood chips into wood panels — has a ton of cool technology-based economic development going on.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/29/2013