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Ready to Live Your Best Life? You Can in Michigan

MEDC partners with regional organizations throughout the state to provide you with a real view of what it’s like to live and work in different communities throughout the state. These groups may be part of the local chamber of commerce, economic development team, young professional group or from a Back 2 Michigan organization.

These partners can best connect you to local information on housing, education opportunities, recreation, and community groups where you (and your family) can find “your people” and “your place.” Whether you are interested in living and working in a downtown urban location, want a more suburban option, crave wide open spaces, or just want easy access to fresh water coastline, Michigan provides it all.

Ann Arbor

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What advice do you have for people who are interested in making a move to the Ann Arbor region? I think you should be as intentional as possible in building your community. Meetups are prolific in places like Ann Arbor, on a huge range of interests. Find a topic that interests you and show up at least four times. By the time you’re done, you will likely have already developed deep roots here.
In your opinion, what is special about living in a four-season state? As I get older, it’s hard not to be a *bit* existential about seasons in Michigan. Experiencing all the seasons makes you appreciate each of the others in deep ways. And the changing of seasons almost requires a bit of reflection about how things have changed and grown, and what opportunities are coming up. Having that reflection time built into the year isn’t something often discussed but I’ve come to rely on it throughout my year.
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What’s Up in Michigan?

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Charting New Waters: Northern Michigan’s Blue Tech Revolution

  Michigan is leading the latest wave of freshwater research. With its abundance of natural resources and the brightest minds in tech, the Grand Traverse region is emerging as a leader in “blue tech” – a term encompassing a wide range of marine technology, including vessel autonomy, underwater drones, environmental sensors, and vessel electrification. With […]

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Driving Innovation: Michigan’s Research and Development Landscape

With a rich history of innovation and commitment to fostering growth, Michigan serves as a thriving hub for cutting-edge research and technological advancements.   The state’s research and development (R&D) sector continues to propel advancements across industries in part through strategic investments by the state. Historically, Michigan businesses spent $22.4 billion on R&D investments, making […]

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Community revitalization project in Merrill wins national recognition

MAEDC award highlights impact of MEDC’s community revitalization initiatives in Michigan. The Merrill High School Redevelopment Project in the village of Merrill has been recognized with a Project of the Year (Small Division) award by the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) at the 2023 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference in Indianapolis. “The Merrill High School Redevelopment Project is a […]

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