Michigan Governor Rick Snyder commends MTEC SmartZone for achieving 10-year milestone

HOUGHTON, Michigan (August 13, 2013) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder paid a special visit to MTEC SmartZone on Monday to commemorate the business incubator’s decade-long achievements in job creation and positive economic impact in the Keweenaw.

Snyder addressed a crowd of about 100 gathered at the Lakeshore Center in Houghton, in celebration of MTEC SmartZone’s 10-year anniversary. He praised the efforts of both MTEC SmartZone CEO Marilyn Clark and Michigan Technological University President Glenn Mroz for partnering to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem where entrepreneurs receive support to start and grow companies successfully.

Snyder said a common misconception in the business world is that innovation and entrepreneurship exists only in large urban areas. However, technology and teleconferencing capabilities are tools that allow remote locations like the Keweenaw to have an economic impact around the globe.

“Technology is what makes it better and easier to do wonderful work in higher quality of life places like Houghton and Hancock. That’s why you have such a bright future,” Snyder said. “Congratulations for 10 years. Don’t spend too much time looking back. Stay on the gas and go even harder. Aim for the future because it’s only going to get brighter.”

Snyder closed the celebration by presenting Clark with a 10-year birthday proclamation.

Also in attendance for the celebration Monday were U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, State Senator Tom Casperson and State Representative Scott Dianda.