Detroit is Michigan’s iconic city, with a diverse population and a rich cultural history. Its innovation helped create the auto industry and America’s middle class.  Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is an alliance of Michigan State University (MSU), the University of Michigan (U‑M), and Wayne State University (WSU). The URC ranks as one of the nation’s top university clusters and is a leading force in Michigan for talent production, academic research, and economic revitalization.

Each year the URC publishes a report as part of its annual sector report series. Started in 2007, this series has focused on documenting the impact of the URC institutions on sectors of importance to the Michigan economy. Past reports have highlighted the alternative energy, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, information technology, automotive, and water (blue economy) industries, as well as the URC’s contributions to talent and entrepreneurship. (See Appendix B for a summary of past URC sector reports.) This year’s URC sector report focuses on the URC’s contributions to the recovery of Michigan’s largest city.

A copy of the full report is available below.