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Senate Votes to Expand Broadband Access

Feb 19, 2021

Legislation introduced by Senator Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) was passed by the Senate this week, which seeks to improve access to reliable broadband internet. The need for access to broadband become even more clear during the pandemic when much of the state work either working from home or participating in virtual learning. The measure would increase […]

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Initiatives to Increase High-Speed Internet Launched

Oct 09, 2020

At the North American International Cyber Summit this week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced $12.7 million in grant funding awarded to increase broadband internet access statewide. Currently, over 1.2 million households don’t have a permanent fixed broadband connection, which in today’s world creates several challenges. The broadband projects announced were selected through the Connecting Michigan Communities […]

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Business Accelerator Fund Received Additional Funding

Aug 28, 2020

Following the expansion of the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) guidelines, the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has approved the transfer of an additional $700,000 to the BAF. The fund supports business accelerators in Michigan’s statewide SmartZone network that are serving startups and high-tech companies impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The BAF is funded by the MSF […]

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Future Mobility Office Launched

Jul 10, 2020

The Office of Future Mobility and Electrification has formally launched, led by Trevor Pawl as the state’s Chief Mobility Officer. The new office will work across state government, academia, and private industry to enhance the state’s mobility ecosystem, including developing dynamic mobility and electrification policies and supporting the startup and scale up of emerging technologies […]

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Zooming Through the World of Lobbying, During a Pandemic

May 20, 2020

Coffee. Answer emails. Call. Conference call. Email. Zoom. Walk around the house. Zoom. Call. Lunch. Zoom. GoToMeeting. (Who still uses GoToMeeting?) Call. Return call. Yell at the kids to settle down and get back to work. Call. Call. Tell the kids they are done for the day. Zoom. Answer emails. Start dinner. Or, maybe have […]

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Governor Signs MOU with Finland

Mar 06, 2020

In order to increase collaboration and innovation between Michigan and Finland related to clean technology industries, autonomous energy storage, and battery technologies, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Finland. Signed with Mika Lintila, Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, the MOU acknowledges a global approach to sharing research and knowledge to spur […]

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Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations Legislation Drives Forward

Feb 21, 2020

The House Energy Committee approved of legislation dealing with the increasing need for electric vehicle charging stations throughout Michigan. The package, introduced by Representative Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.), makes reforms, which she hopes will help the state remain a world leader in transportation innovation, while helping the state prepare for continued growth in electric vehicle […]

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Task Force Presents to House Appropriations

Feb 07, 2020

Representative Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) presented to the House Appropriations Committee on the findings and recommendations of a task force reviewing IT projects in the state. As chair of the bipartisan Information Technology Task Force, Representative Huizenga reported the findings to the committee regarding the trend of overspending in IT projects by the state. “We wanted […]

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