by Marcia Goodrich
It's been ten years since the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation SmartZone opened its first business incubator. Since then, it has created hundreds of jobs and injected millions of investment dollars into the local economy.
Michigan Tech researchers are shepherding their discoveries to market, one gee-whiz innovation after another. Students are getting internships and a chance to work with top companies even before they graduate. Those same companies are opening offices in the Copper Country and bringing in well-paid, professional jobs. Idle buildings have been brought back to life with millions in grant funding, heading off blight and creating vigorous centers of commerce and community.
A few numbers may be in order: the MTEC SmartZone has supported . . .