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Michigan's high-tech image is topic of meeting at WMU

January 12, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- A special committee meeting of the Governor's Innovation Forum is expected to attract nationally known technical writers as well as state and national image experts to Western Michigan University Thursday, Jan. 21.

The Image and Culture Committee of the forum will meet at 10 a.m. in a public session at WMU's Fetzer Center to discuss ways to overcome Michigan's image problems and begin building a more accurate picture of the state that reflects its high-tech talent and substance.

Agenda items for the meeting include:

The Governor's Innovation Forums, were launched by Michigan Gov. John Engler last year as part of his five-point Jobs and Technology Plan. The forums are a year-long series of meetings and seminars being held at the state's major universities to examine the relationships between Michigan's universities and the business community. The goal of the effort is to develop an action plan that will help shape Michigan's economic future by encouraging the state's universities and industries to collaborate in research and technology. In April 1999, forum participants are expected to issue recommendations for actions state government, universities and industry can take to create high-tech jobs for the state's citizens and increase the competitiveness of Michigan business.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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