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Michigan Energy Made It: Our High-Tech Sector

Local energy—produced by Michiganders for Michiganders—powers vibrant industries and good jobs that make our state a great place to live and work. In fact, Michigan’s energy providers are quite literally the engines that drive our economy, including our booming tech sector

Silicon What?

While Silicon Valley gets all the press, the fact is that Michigan has one of the fastest-growing technology sectors in the nation:

Additionally, according to the TechAmerica Foundation’s most recent “CyberStates” report: 

  • Michigan had the second-fastest-growing technology sector in the country in 2012.  
  • We rank fourth in R&D and testing labs jobs, fifth in engineering services jobs, and seventh in electronic components manufacturing.
  • Not only are there lots of tech jobs in Michigan, they pay well: “Michigan’s tech industry plays an important role in its economy, with workers earning an annual average wage of $80,500, which is 82 percent more than the average private sector wage of $44,300…In fact, the $13.7 billion in payroll paid by Michigan’s tech industry accounts for 9.3% of total private sector payroll in the state.” 

Michigan Tech, Michigan Power

None of this would be possible without the affordable, reliable power provided by Michigan-owned and -operated electricity providers.  Michigan power is the silent—but utterly essential—partner to our state’s thriving technology sector.  

With high-tech start-ups booming across the state, a comprehensive network of “SmartZone” tech incubator sites, accelerator programs such as NextEnergy and Techtown, and many world-class colleges and universities, this is a partnership that is not likely to end any time soon.  

We believe in a bright, vibrant economic future for Michigan, in the tech sector and across our many industries.  Learn more about how Michigan-owned and -operated energy providers’ have a positive impact on our state’s economy and job creation.

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