White Paper on Water and Michigan’s Economy

blue economy

This report validates the Discovery Center proposal for public use of the former coal dock and is worth reading. Michigan Economic Center Report: Water, Michigan and the Blue Economy (download here). In this new report we define the ‘Blue Economy’ as the way Michigan’s natural water assets, and water education, research and technology innovation creates jobs and contributes to economic growth.  The report is a baseline inventory of Michigan’s blue economy activity and conservatively estimates nearly one million Michigan jobs, and $60 billion in annual economic impact, linked to Michigan’s water assets and water innovation abilities. The report was commissioned by the Governor’s Office of the Great Lakes to inform a developing state water strategy, and as a first step context-setter for the project “Growing Michigan’s Blue Economy”, supported by the C.S. Mott Foundation, designed to  accelerate the growth of  Michigan’s Blue Economy.  I hope you will share this report with others, and are happy to answer questions. For more information go to www.mieconomiccenter.org, or contact me at the number and email below.  John Austin Director, Michigan Economic Center Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution President, Michigan State Board of Education jcaustin@umich.edu 734.474.3110 @John_C_Austin

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