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Bailey unveils five-state new economy study

March 1, 2006

KALAMAZOO--What is Michigan's role in the new economy? How does the state stack up when it comes to developing a climate that will help grow the next generation of high-tech businesses?

Those are questions that will be answered when Western Michigan University President Judith I. Bailey unveils the results of a new five-state survey of new economy businesses during presentations Tuesday, March 7, at noon in the Detroit area and at 5:30 p.m. in Grand Rapids. The Southeast Michigan and West Michigan chapters of Inforum, formerly the Women's Economic Club, will serve as hosts for the events.

"New Economy Progress: The Next Wave" is the title of the survey that tapped the views of nearly 1,200 representatives of new economy businesses in Michigan, California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Ohio. The survey was designed to gauge resources, define challenges and analyze the gap between reality and perception about which states have the most to offer technology-driven businesses. The survey was completed in January for the WMU Research Foundation by EPIC-MRA, a Lansing-based polling, public opinion and marketing firm.

Bailey will speak to Inforum's luncheon gathering at noon at the Dearborn Inn and will address an evening event set for 5:30 p.m. at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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