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Infrastructure is the foundation of our economy and of modern society, but it is often taken for granted until it fails to work. Michigan and the nation made big investments in infrastructure in the 20th century, which are starting to show their age and are overdue for improvement.

During the past five years, URC institutions conducted $1.64B in infrastructure-related research and initiatives in the fields of water, mobility, energy and communications. R&D efforts that spanned more than one of those categories equaled $274M.
These contributions to infrastructure innovations and talent continue to reshape how people and business interact with their built and digital environments.
Join us on an Infrastructure Innovation tour of the state of Michigan and help us continue the conversation. Expert teams visit the following communities to discuss issues and opportunities related to infrastructure and its role in daily life.

Infrastructure Innovation Tour URC Michigan

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Infrastructure is the foundation of our economy and of modern society, but it is often taken for granted until it fails to work. Michigan and the nation made big investments in infrastructure in the 20th century, which are starting to show their age and are overdue for improvement.

During the past five years, URC institutions conducted $1.64B in infrastructure-related research and initiatives in the fields of water, mobility, energy and communications. R&D efforts that spanned more than one of those categories equaled $274M.
These contributions to infrastructure innovations and talent continue to reshape how people and business interact with their built and digital environments.
Join us on an Infrastructure Innovation tour of the state of Michigan and help us continue the conversation. Expert teams visit the following communities to discuss issues and opportunities related to infrastructure and its role in daily life.

    Infrastructure Innovation Tour Wrap in Detroit

    Infrastructure Innovation Tour Wrap in Detroit

    Infrastructure Innovation Tour Wrap in Detroit
    This final forum in Detroit discussed all five of the impact areas explored previously on the Infrastructure Innovation tour, highlighting statewide impacts, implications and paths forward.

    • 31 min
    Episode 6 - Soo Locks Expansion in Sault Ste Marie

    Episode 6 - Soo Locks Expansion in Sault Ste Marie

    Episode Six: Infrastructure Innovation Tour – Soo Locks Expansion in Sault Ste Marie
    The Sault Ste Marie roundtable convened a discussion with legislators, business leaders and URC experts on emerging challenges with maritime shipping, updates planned for the Soo Locks–the largest waterway traffic system on earth–and the research underway to meet these challenges.

    • 27 min
    Episode 5 - PFAS in Kalamazoo

    Episode 5 - PFAS in Kalamazoo

    PFAS in Kalamazoo
    The Southwest Michigan roundtable convenes a discussion with legislators, business leaders and URC experts on emerging challenges with water contamination, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and the many types of research and community support underway.

    • 25 min
    Episode 4 - Roads in Sterling Heights

    Episode 4 - Roads in Sterling Heights

    Roads in Sterling Heights
    The Macomb County – Sterling Heights roundtable convened a discussion with legislators, business leaders and URC experts on Michigan’s failing road infrastructure and its impact on communities around the state, and research underway to meet these challenges.

    • 16 min
    Episode 3 - Rural Broadband in Sanilac County

    Episode 3 - Rural Broadband in Sanilac County

    Rural Broadband in Sanilac County
    The Sanilac tour stop covered rural access to broadband and the complex issues communities face in securing widespread connectivity.

    • 18 min
    Episode 2 - Algae & Water Quality in Monroe

    Episode 2 - Algae & Water Quality in Monroe

    Algae & Water Quality in Monroe
    The Monroe tour discussed the impact of algal blooms on water and the direct effect on infrastructure, communities, industry and human health. The conversation touched on related water infrastructure issues, such as Lead & Copper Rule revisions and the emerging challenge of PFAS.

    • 18 min

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Love hearing from the URC

As many infrastructure needs as Michigan has, its interesting to hear about the collaboration between the universities and the community to provide research-backed solutions!

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