Tech Tour Day Seven: Tech Rules The Zoo, And Battle Creek TooEverybody 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.
Tech Tour Day Six: Grand Rapids = Grand Tech StartupsGrand 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.
Tech Tour Day Five: Tri-Cities TerrificThe 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.
Tech Tour Day Four: Amazing AlpenaAlpena, 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 MarquetteI haven't been to Marquette on the Tech Tour for four years now. And as I recall, the last time I was here it was snowing. In May. Well, this time, a cold rain gave way to springlike sunshine and temperatures in the 50s, surely an omen for the warm greeting I got Friday from my first interviews as the 10th annual Spring Tech Tour began.
Tech Tour Day Two: Greener CarbonIf you ever get a chance to visit Michigan Renewable Carbon, the odor will make you want to go camping.
Tech Tour Day Three: In Which I Heap Praise On A RamI seem to have fallen in love with a truck. Namely, the tech-loaded 2013 Spring Tech Tour Mobile, the current reigning North American Truck Of The Year, the Ram 1500 from Chrysler LLC.
Tech Tour Time Is Here AgainWell, it's finally arrived. The WWJ Technology Report will be taking its 10th annual Tech Tour on the Michigan road beginning tonight.
Matt's Favorites: Alpena Tech, Climate Change Hurts Wine, GM <3 Facebook Again, Crunch Time For Mars Mission, And Much MoreTarget Alpena Development Corp. has received conditional approval by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to become a SmartZone.
Lansing Sets STEM Week CelebrationThe new three R’s are spelled S-T-E-M. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) is partnering with more than a dozen community groups to kick off Lansing’s first STEM Week, Nov. 26-30.
UM Startups Amaze As Tech Tour ContinuesWhen I'm on my Fall Tech Tour around Michigan and I ask university tech transfer officials to see their four or five coolest "science projects" that have economic development potential, they always say they have so many it's a tough choice. But try to imagine the tough choices faced by the University of Michigan, which has a research budget of a staggering $1.2 billion-plus a year, consistently among the top five in the nation. How the heck do you pick?
Kettering Tech Tour Finds Tons Of Startup PossibilitiesLike several of the science- and tech-based schools in Michigan that I cover, I have a soft spot for Kettering University, where my fall Tech Tour visited Friday.
Lawrence Tech Tour Shows Local Talent For Tech TransferThe Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report's Fall Tech Tour gets me the heck outta town to see the latest and greatest research at Michigan's fabulous universities -- research that has the potential to create new businesses and new jobs in Michigan.
MSU: Spartans Shine To Wrap Up Tech Tour '12It's a world-class research university, America's pioneering land grant college, the first place on the planet to study agriculture scientifically, and just passed a little-known school called MIT for No. 1 in graduate studies of particle physics. So while it may be a rebuilding year at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoons, Michigan State University is and always will be a must-visit as long as there are Great Lakes Innovation and Techology Report Fall Tech Tours.
The Tech Tour Mobile: Understated High Tech ClassMatt tells all about the Tech Tour Mobile, a loaded 2013 Ford Taurus Limited. The verdict: Big car fun with tons of tech touches, and only a few quibbles.