News, Events & Information - Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Government Relations Office reports news from the three cities in which its staff is located;
Ann Arbor,   Lansing, Michigan   and   Washington, D.C.

Mt. Elliott Employment District Project

On April 23rd, 2014, thirteen (13) UM Urban Planning students from the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning presented their project, Forging a Future: Recommendations for Strengthening Detroit’s Mt. Elliott Employment District to an interested audience at the headquarters of Detroit Chassis. UM was contacted by officials from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) to “develop recommendations for improving the economy and increasing jobs within this specific geographical area”. The Mt. Elliott Employment district was one of seven (7) “employment districts” defined in the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan completed in 2012.

In attendance that day was Michael Rein, Associate Director of State Outreach along with representatives from the DEGC, Detroit Land Bank Authority, Michigan State University, Detroit Chassis, Focus: HOPE, with other community agencies and stake holders from the immediate area. The students were advised by UM’s Dr. June Manning and Eric Dueweke during the course of their work on the Mt. Elliott project. View Project PDF (40.66MB)

President Obama comes to campus to support minimum wage increase

U.S.President Obama

4-2-14 Ann Arbor, Photo by Veronica Johnson University of Michigan students waited on lines for more than 20 hours, slept outside and then stood packed tightly together for a chance to hear President Barack Obama speak Wednesday afternoon.

Addressing a U-M crowd full of students preparing for what they hope will be successful careers, President Barack Obama on Wednesday asked them to join his fight to increase the minimum wage because, he said, "It's time to give America a raise. "The president used his address at U-M to push his campaign to raise the federal minimum from $7.25 to $10.10. Read More

The 2014 Michigan Road Scholars Tour

Managed by the Office of State Outreach, the tour will be on the road from May 5 - 9. The Michigan Road Scholar Tour takes faculty of the University of Michigan (U-M) on a five-day traveling seminar on the State of Michigan. This educational tour exposes participants to the state’s economy, government and politics, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history, and geography. Learn more about the tour.

The University of Michigan Awarded Spirit of Michigan Award

The University of Michigan has been awarded the 2014 Spirit of Michigan Award for large companies by the Michigan Association of United Ways. U-M officials accepted the award at a ceremony Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Lansing. The award recognizes small, medium and large Michigan companies that demonstrate community engagement strategies in the area of health, income and education. Companies are selected for their leadership in improving Michigan communities and focusing on the common good through corporate and employee engagement. The U-M United Way Campaign is managed through the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations.
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Wolverine Caucus

Wolverine Caucus members are U-M alumni working in and around State of Michigan government, including legislators, lobbyists, staff, and advisors who meet with U-M experts on timely, relevant public policy subjects during the legislative session. University of Michigan alumni who work in and around the State government are encouraged to participate in the Wolverine Caucus. Our mission is to provide diverse forums at which University of Michigan friends can meet one another, enjoy fellowship, exchange views and learn from the world-class talents of U-M faculty and administrators. See Caucus Events

School of Dentistry receives $2M grant for special care clinic

The School of Dentistry will create a clinic where practitioners from multiple disciplines provide special needs patients with dental and health care services in the same facility, thanks to a $2 million gift from the Delta Dental Foundation.

The gift funds the Delta Dental of Michigan Integrated Special Care Clinic, which will improve health care access and convenience for patients with developmental disabilities, cognitive impairments, complex medical problems, significant medical limitations, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the vulnerable elderly. Read more

The UM3D Lab offers a wide range of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing technologies

The lab now has a new collection of 3D Printers that are free for U-M students to use, open-access, and easy to operate. All you need to get started is a material cartridge, an STL file and registration into the reservation system. Learn more

Jim Kosteva, Director of Community Relations, tells about "some of the community economic impacts of the university in Ann Arbor."

Answering a February 10, 2013 article in the Ann newspaper about acquisition of property by the University of Michigan and the resultant tax base, Director Kosteva shows that there are many positives to the city and the community from U-M growth. Read both articles including charts here.


U-M Highlights Sustainability Achievements in Multimedia Report. The University of Michigan shows immense growth and engagement in sustainability education, research and operations, according to a new report designed to track and measure progress. More

Learn More About Stem Cell Research

The University of Michigan has recently emerged as a national leader in the three main types of stem cell research: embryonic, adult, and reprogrammed cells known as iPS stem cells. At the U-M Center for Stem Cell Research you will find information on stem cell research, events, and videos.

North Campus Research Complex

From vacant to vibrant: 2,000th person moves to U-M's new research campus as more scientists are recruited. U-M has transformed a vacant former pharmaceutical company campus into a vibrant hub for research . More here