What is your vision for the future of Michigan? We recently posed that question — among others — to a group of the state’s business, healthcare, government and education leaders. As they share their perspectives in our special Moving Michigan Forward section, one thing is clear: Michigan’s future looks promising. While we weren’t able to include all of our leaders’ perspectives on the pages of X-OLOGY, the full version of their quotes can be viewed at www.XOLOGYmagazine.com.
Our featured technology in this spring issue is water tech — one of the state’s emerging sectors responsible for what’s being dubbed “Michigan’s blue economy.” Writer Leslie Mertz highlights this growing water-tech industry and the many water-related businesses that are taking advantage of the opportunities that exist in the Great Lakes State.
X-OLOGY’s Business Profile features Plymouth Technology Inc., a company that provides chemicals, equipment and consulting services geared toward wastewater treatment, which has become a multi-billion dollar international business. The Rochester Hills-based company employs 30, including 15 chemists, and has more than 350 trade-secret items in its chemical product line.
Our People Profiles introduce two leaders in the state’s water tech sector: Gil Pezza is director of water technologies for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Joan Rose is a research specialist for Michigan State University’s water research initiatives. Both share their thoughts on the importance of water technology, not only in Michigan but throughout the world.
X-OLOGY’s Expert Outlook contributor, Terrance Dillard of Baker College of Auburn Hills, shares his knowledge of smart devices and privacy issues. His article focuses on the question: Could the adoption of smart phones into your lifestyle inflict long-term, unintended damage to personal privacy? You may be interested in what he has to say!
Finally, whether you’re a golf lover or an admirer of beautiful architecture, you’ll appreciate our Lifestyle feature by golf enthusiast and writer Janina Jacobs. In her article, “More Than Just Great Golf,” Jacobs takes a look at Southeast Michigan’s renowned public and private courses created by Donald Ross, as well as the beautiful clubhouses designed by noted architect Albert Khan. Just in time for spring, this showcase of their talent just might inspire a trip to the links.
Jane Racey Gleeson