Saturday, February 20, 2010

motivate michigan project offers opportunities for students

We [i.e., the organizers of Motivate Michigan] recently launched a project that may be of interest to you, to members of your family, and/or to your friends.  It is an online competition for college students to earn one of ten scholarships.  The objective is to uncover a “Big Idea” for economic improvement in Michigan – The project is called “Motivate Michigan”. We are asking college students to submit their ideas at  The ideas will be judged based on three criteria:  creativity/innovation; feasibility for implementation; and, potential impact on the State economy.  At this time our sponsors include:  Comerica Bank, The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Meijer Stores, and the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.  CBS and the Free Press are our media partners.  And, the project has been endorsed by Governor Granholm, the Detroit Economic Club, Automation Alley, and others.  We are also accepting additional sponsors to help us reach our goal of a $100,000 scholarship fund.  Please let me know if you are aware of any organizations that may be interested in becoming a sponsor of this exciting project. And here is an interesting twist…  In partnership with the student that wins the competition, CIBER will develop the implementation plan and feasibility analysis for the idea, and present the idea to a leader in the State for funding and support.  We want to help transform the winning idea to “reality”. If you would like to learn more, you can visit

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