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Editorial praises Michigan's URC for its contributions to the state's economy

January 26, 2014

In an editorial, the Michigan's three major research universities - Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Michigan State University - are praised for their contributions to the state's economy and its future prospects. Through the University Research Corridor alliance, the universities generated $16.6 billion in economic activity in 2012, according to the report by Anderson Economic Group of East Lansing. They helped support 66,000 direct and in-direct jobs. The report benchmarks the URC against other university clusters across the country, including the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina and Massachusetts' Route 128 Corridor. The URC schools ranked second in an innovation power ranking compared to the seven other research clusters. They were first in the number of graduate and undergraduate degrees conferred in 2012, at 32,483. The URC ranked first in talent, fourth in research and seventh in commercialization of its research.