The manufacturing age mentality remains so imbedded in thinking patterns and assessments that it impedes the present and future.
The $50 million building gift from Pfizer is one cause for celebration, but the greatest ramification is the investment MSU and the business community is willing to make in the facility. Even as start-up funding is calculated and sought in the public/private partnerships defining this region, the development as a research facility with commercial application and business incubator is certain to attract outside interest — and investment, becoming a portal for all three areas of interest.
It was not necessary for Lakeshore Advantage President Randy Thelen to gauge the interest; the interested poured into his office and to the press conference held to announce the deal. “Two bio-economy companies in the area asked if they could have space in the facility. We had a handful of calls from entrepreneurial-type, established companies that want to have access to the center and maybe even access to the equipment in the center,” Thelen told the Business Journal. The Holland Sentinel reported that Herman Miller’s bio researchers, ever vigilant for “green” materials development, were among those expressing interest.
The “green” aspect of such research is another of the stated goals to continue to seek out diversity in the
MSU is exactly the right educational institution with which to partner. Its long, storied history in agricultural sciences (among others) is but one piece of the developments upon which it expects to expound. Coupled with
It is not as much about the number of jobs (in a labor force of dwindling population) at this point; it is about the investments.