Lawrence Tech Partners in SmartZone District

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lawrence Technological University

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- One of ten Michigan SmartZones
 will be established in Southfield through a special partnership between the
 city, Lawrence Technological University, the Oakland County Economic
 Development Group, Oakland University and Automation Alley.  Adoption of a
 proposal developed by the Oakland County group was announced today by the
 Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
     "We are delighted to be a partner in building a SmartZone in Southfield,
 the heart of Automation Alley," said Charles M. Chambers, president of
 Lawrence Tech.  "We look forward to working with city, county, educational and
 state officials to build and support the attraction and retention of high tech
 businesses and the highly skilled workforce needed to sustain them.  The
 state's goals for the SmartZones are very compatible with the many ventures
 already underway in this area promoted and coordinated by Southfield and
 Oakland County," Chambers said.  "We believe this is the right time and the
 right place to keep the Michigan economic engine roaring, and we're eager to
 get going."
     Lawrence Tech will support SmartZone activities by providing access to
 training, research, conference, IT and recreation facilities to SmartZone
 tenants.  The University will provide opportunities for applied research and
 technology transfer using faculty and students.  It also has committed to
 create a corporate training center/incubation program for high-tech
 businesses, and upon development of a working business plan, will commit up to
 20 acres of campus real estate for such facilities.  Customized cooperative
 education programs will link Lawrence Tech students with SmartZone tenants for
 their mutual benefit as well as strengthening workforce capacity in the
 region.
     Southfield-based Lawrence Tech is a comprehensive private university
 focused on fulfilling the high tech education needs of individuals and
 industries within Michigan and beyond.  The University's outreach to the
 professions, business, and industry dates back to its founding in 1932, when
 Lawrence Tech and industry leaders were early to recognize the principle that
 education and industry mutually benefit from close cooperation.
     The proposed site of the Southfield SmartZone is a 407-acre quadrant in
 western Southfield, as well as Lawrence Tech's 115-acre campus.  This district
 responds to the State's mandate for a defined vision and industry focus.  This
 high-tech corridor includes the world headquarters of Lear, Eaton,
 Federal-Mogul, Covisint, and ANX.  Existing companies in the SmartZone area
 represent such targeted high-tech industries as communications, e-commerce,
 engineering, environmental/ecological, information technology, advanced
 manufacturing, smart transportation, robotics, design/build, health-related
 and materials research.
     Lawrence Technological University offers nearly 50 undergraduate and
 graduate degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and
 Sciences, Engineering, and Management.  Lawrence Tech pioneered the offering
 of day and evening classes nearly 70 years ago, and now has a growing number
 of weekend programs.  It is also home to the Advanced Technology Academy, a
 charter high school offering a challenging curriculum closely linked to the
 University's academic mission.
 
 

SOURCE Lawrence Technological University
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- One of ten Michigan SmartZones
 will be established in Southfield through a special partnership between the
 city, Lawrence Technological University, the Oakland County Economic
 Development Group, Oakland University and Automation Alley.  Adoption of a
 proposal developed by the Oakland County group was announced today by the
 Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
     "We are delighted to be a partner in building a SmartZone in Southfield,
 the heart of Automation Alley," said Charles M. Chambers, president of
 Lawrence Tech.  "We look forward to working with city, county, educational and
 state officials to build and support the attraction and retention of high tech
 businesses and the highly skilled workforce needed to sustain them.  The
 state's goals for the SmartZones are very compatible with the many ventures
 already underway in this area promoted and coordinated by Southfield and
 Oakland County," Chambers said.  "We believe this is the right time and the
 right place to keep the Michigan economic engine roaring, and we're eager to
 get going."
     Lawrence Tech will support SmartZone activities by providing access to
 training, research, conference, IT and recreation facilities to SmartZone
 tenants.  The University will provide opportunities for applied research and
 technology transfer using faculty and students.  It also has committed to
 create a corporate training center/incubation program for high-tech
 businesses, and upon development of a working business plan, will commit up to
 20 acres of campus real estate for such facilities.  Customized cooperative
 education programs will link Lawrence Tech students with SmartZone tenants for
 their mutual benefit as well as strengthening workforce capacity in the
 region.
     Southfield-based Lawrence Tech is a comprehensive private university
 focused on fulfilling the high tech education needs of individuals and
 industries within Michigan and beyond.  The University's outreach to the
 professions, business, and industry dates back to its founding in 1932, when
 Lawrence Tech and industry leaders were early to recognize the principle that
 education and industry mutually benefit from close cooperation.
     The proposed site of the Southfield SmartZone is a 407-acre quadrant in
 western Southfield, as well as Lawrence Tech's 115-acre campus.  This district
 responds to the State's mandate for a defined vision and industry focus.  This
 high-tech corridor includes the world headquarters of Lear, Eaton,
 Federal-Mogul, Covisint, and ANX.  Existing companies in the SmartZone area
 represent such targeted high-tech industries as communications, e-commerce,
 engineering, environmental/ecological, information technology, advanced
 manufacturing, smart transportation, robotics, design/build, health-related
 and materials research.
     Lawrence Technological University offers nearly 50 undergraduate and
 graduate degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and
 Sciences, Engineering, and Management.  Lawrence Tech pioneered the offering
 of day and evening classes nearly 70 years ago, and now has a growing number
 of weekend programs.  It is also home to the Advanced Technology Academy, a
 charter high school offering a challenging curriculum closely linked to the
 University's academic mission.
 
 SOURCE  Lawrence Technological University