Michigan’s Blue Economy

Michael Patrick Hicks:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes it inspires a whole book…

The Blue Economy is a concept that’s been on my mind for a while, and I touch on it a bit in my next novel, EMERGENCE, along with seasteading. But, that stuff is for the future. Be sure to check out the report from University Research Corridor for more information on where Michigan, specifically, could soon be headed.

Looking at this picture, though, the first word that popped into mind was “refuge.” Maybe just because it’s a Monday work-a-day struggle and I’m longing to get back up north for a summertime weekend getaway… Or, maybe, because there’s a larger story shaping up in my head, and that little concept of refuge is so much bigger.

I’ve got some research ahead of me, but the ideas are boiling and melding together pretty quickly. I may need to revise some future release plans, so we’ll see what happens next. But I’m definitely feeling those story-telling gears grinding again.

Originally posted on Michigan in Pictures:

Where Two Waters Meet

Where Two Waters Meet, photo by Robby Ryke

Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, the three universities that make up Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC), have released a report titled “Innovating for the Blue Economy“. The report cites nearly $300 million in awards for water-related research and outreach from 2009 to 2013 that have led to innovations from dealing with invasive species and monitoring water quality to finding ways to optimize water use in agriculture. Their news release on the report prepared by the Anderson Economic Group (AEG) says in part:

AEG’s analysis showed that Michigan ranked fourth in the nation in the percentage of jobs associated with industries related to water, at 718,700.

“One in five Michigan jobs is tied to having good and plentiful water,” said AEG founder and CEO Patrick Anderson. “It is an important economic driver in Michigan, and…

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