Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Coleman, Levin highlight annual U-M Congressional Breakfast

President Mary Sue Coleman addresses the annual U-M Congressional Breakfast in Washington on Tuesday. (Photo by Eli Turner, Freed Photo)

U-M President Mary Sue Coleman told a Washington, D.C., audience Tuesday that the university is working hard to help create economic development for the state of Michigan.

Speaking at the annual U-M Congressional Breakfast, Coleman said research spending is just one example of the commitment U-M is making to help revive the state’s economy.

“Despite steady declines in state funding over the last several years … we are hiring faculty, strengthening research and working with others to help transform the Michigan economy,” Coleman said.

Coleman added that the former Pfizer campus, now known as the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), is another example of the university’s commitment.

“Building the NCRC will take time, but will pay long-term benefits in the form of jobs, spinoffs, incubator space and public-private partnerships,” she added.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., also spoke at the breakfast. (Photo by Eli Turner, Freed Photo)

She also drew links between Michigan and Washington, noting that President Barack Obama will be the spring commencement speaker and that the president’s science adviser will be on campus later this month to help kick off Earth Day activities.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., also spoke at the event, and pointed to the work that U-M is doing to help the state’s economy.

“The future is R&D (research and development), and U-M is a leader in creating R&D for the jobs of the future for Michigan,” he said. Levin added he was optimistic about Michigan’s future.

The U-M Club of Greater Washington sponsors the annual breakfast, which brings together U-M leaders and alumni, members of Congress and their staff, and the Michigan business community. Proceeds go to support scholarships for students from the D.C. area to attend U-M. More than 300 people attended this year’s event.