If you don't think technology -based companies aren't important to Michigan's economic growth, just ask technology-based companies. Truthfully, few would argue that tech companies are helping the state's economy-- as well as others-- diversify and recover.
“Michigan companies are using the Internet to compete on a global scale,” said Linda Girard, co-chair of the Michigan Chapter of Search Engine and Marketing Professional Organization and president of Pure Visibility, an internet marketing company based in Ann Arbor. “It’s critical that our leaders in Washington have a strong understanding of how different policies impact tech companies so that they can remain competitive.”
Leaders like Senator Debbie Stabenow. She met with several leaders of local tech companies like Liquidweb, Web Ascender, Netvantage Marketing, Nicholas Creative, ASK and Gravityworks, Tuesday to discuss their future in Michigan's economy.
“It was great hearing from business leaders who are creating the jobs of the future right here in Michigan,” said Stabenow. “Our economic turnaround depends on companies like these who are making Michigan a leader in high-tech jobs and innovation.”
Discussion topics included what tech businesses need to be successful, key policy issues that affect technology companies, how the government can support this growing industry and whether education systems are preparing students for jobs in this sector.
The Lansing roundtable is the first in a series of discussions with Michigan’s U.S. legislators being hosted by SEMPO, the Small Business Association of Michigan and Michigan technology businesses.