Mission / Vision
SmartZones and MAREC
In 2000, Muskegon was awarded one of the original eleven designated SmartZones in the State of Michigan. SmartZones were designed to stimulate economic development and to bring the expertise of business, education and government together for cooperative efforts in the commercialization of both existing and new technology. Each SmartZone selected a specific type of technology to develop. Muskegon selected alternative energy and the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) was officially opened in 2003. Located in the Muskegon SmartZone on the Muskegon Lakeshore, MAREC is the culmination of a cooperative effort involving a number of local, regional and state organizations. The foresight, leadership, and support provided by these organizations made it possible to pursue a vision of promoting economic development through advancement of alternative and renewable energy as well as providing a pathway toward a sustainable future for Muskegon, West Michigan and the world.
MAREC Mission Statement
MAREC supports commercialization of clean energy and technology development for business by providing personalized business, technical, and funding services.
MAREC Vision Statement
Recognized internationally as a leader in clean energy and technology innovation.
1. Work in a collaborative, cooperative and multidisciplinary fashion, at local, regional and state levels to bring together the necessary partners to advance and commercialize the best available alternative, clean and renewable energy technology.
2. Move intellectual property from the classroom, laboratory and incubator to market.
3. Create economic benefit for project partners, MAREC stakeholders and communities.
4. Support and participate in alternative energy related consortia and related collaborative opportunities to advance shared goals for the local community, region and State of Michigan.
5. Develop strategic partnerships and organizational relationships and build a critical mass of intellectual and investment capital and opportunity with likeminded interests consistent with the vision of the MAREC stakeholders.
6. Engage others with an expectation of mutual accountability, transparency, integrity and trustful working relationships.
7. At all times, demonstrate a commitment to best practices in applying standards of sustainability.
1. Bring together the necessary parties for the efficient and economical development of new and existing technology in the field of alternative energy.
2. Promote alternative and renewable energy technology as an opportunity for economic development.
3. Leverage assets, advance the MAREC mission where appropriate, and develop intellectual property opportunities for all partners and stakeholders.
4. Accelerate the research and development of alternative and renewable energy technologies. Work collaboratively with others engaged in similar R&D efforts. Develop mentor relationships, promote educational opportunities, utilize GVSU resources and student talent, and collaborate with other educational units to assist in advancing the MAREC vision.
5. Use the MAREC facilities to accelerate the development of promising new energy related businesses and technologies, assist in bringing promising technology to maturity, to market, and accelerate the impact and profitability of alternative and renewable energy products.
6. Develop and make available a network of business consulting support and business development resources to help inventors, entrepreneurs and early stage start-up companies become viable sooner. Integrate efforts with local inventor networks and partner with local business and industry.
7. Help develop meaningful educational units at high school, community college and university levels to advance an understanding of sustainable energy technology, practices and clean energy alternatives to help shape the work force and talent pool of the future.
8. Convene, host and support conferences, workshops and product demonstrations to advance an understanding of emerging alternative, clean and renewable energy technology principles.
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