Tech Tour Day Seven: Grand Tech At Grand Valley

Date: October 17, 2012

By Matt Roush
Story originally published on CBS Detroit.
Oct. 17th, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS — And the 2012 Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report Tech Tour winner for packing the most information into a 3 1/2-hour visit is…

Well, the Tech Tour still has two more stops, but it’s going to be hard to beat what I saw at Grand Valley State University’s Grand Rapids campus Wednesday morning.

The topics ran the gamut at this fast-growing state university, one of several state schools created in 1964, from the health of the Great Lakes and its fisheries to wind energy to app development to the incubation of some really interesting businesses.

Heck, they’re even keeping bees — for science.

My visit began with Richard Rediske, professor of water resources at Grand Valley’s Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon.

Grand Valley has run a water resource research organization since the 1990s, and opened the 24,500-square-foot Annis Institute in 2001. A second building of 14,800 square feet to add to the institute is scheduled to open in 2013.


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