2013 Spring Tech Tour
Latest Detroit 2013 Spring Tech Tour
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Tech Tour Day One: Magnificent Marquette WWJ Newsradio 950–04/28/2013
- Tech Tour Day Two: Greener Carbon WWJ Newsradio 950–04/28/2013
- Tech Tour Day Three: In Which I Heap Praise On A Ram WWJ Newsradio 950–04/28/2013