A123 Systems in Livonia, Dow Kokam in Midland, Fortu PowerCell in Muskegon, Johnson Controls-Saft in Holland, and Safti3 in Ann Arbor. So as you can see, this is a very exciting time in Michigan,” Mr. Main said. “We are giving birth to an entire new industry in North America.”
Mr. Main cited several people as driving forces in creating this symposium and bringing it to Michigan: Dr. Charles Wessner, director of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the National Academy of Sciences; McAlister Clabaugh, program officer for the NAS Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP); and Dr. Mary Good, professor and founding dean of the College of the Donahue College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a STEP board member; and U.S. Senator Carl Levin.
Ranked by Time magazine as one of America’s 10 best senators, “Senator Levin has fought tirelessly to strengthen and grow Michigan’s economy,” Mr. Main said. “He has been a long-time advocate of programs that provide for joint industry and government partnerships, including the development of advanced vehicle technology.” These efforts led to the growth of the U.S. Army’s National Automotive Center in Warren, Mich., he said, “which has played an important role in the development of advanced technologies for military use, often in conjunction with the private sector,” he said.
Sen. Levin’s efforts are helping assure that electric hybrid cars and trucks will have batteries stamped “Made in America” and “Made in Michigan,” Mr. Main said. “You can get to know and admire government leaders, as I have over the years,” he said. “But you will be hard-pressed to find one as energetic, as focused, as knowledgeable, and as generally committed to the work of building a better place to live, work, play, and raise one’s family as our senior Senator.”
Mr. Main welcomed Sen. Levin to the podium.
Carl Levin United States Senate
Senator Levin began by remarking that “this is really an opportunity for me to talk about one of my favorite subjects.”
Senator Levin thanked the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for all of its efforts to help Michigan’s economy. The work being done by the MEDC and attendees of the symposium “is enormously important to us, not just here in Michigan,” he declared. “I am proud to be in the center of an industry that not only will burgeon, but also be important to our country, to our national