U-M scholars hit the road to explore Michigan's knowledge economy

ANN ARBOR—The Michigan Road Scholars' 14th annual "seminar on wheels" kicks off May 6 as 30 University of Michigan faculty and staff embark on a five-day journey across the state from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula and Grand Rapids to Bay City.

"In 2013, we are focusing on the ways Michigan is adapting and evolving into the new knowledge-based economy," said MRS coordinator Dana Sitzler, U-M associate director of state outreach. "The scholars will visit several firms that share common roots: a dynamic entrepreneur who had the vision, established the company and made a commitment to stay and serve the communities of Michigan."

This year's scholars will continue the MRS tradition of identifying ways in which U-M can contribute expertise to local and regional initiatives. Their itinerary includes leadership consultations and site visits in:

MRS was established by the offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Government Relations to help faculty better understand the communities and broadly diverse regions their students come from, and to identify areas where their expertise can make a difference to Michigan communities.