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Colin Wood is the managing editor of StateScoop. Before that, he was a staff writer for Government Technology magazine. Before that, he taught Engl...
IT and networking company Cisco Systems and the State of Michigan announced a unique partnership Monday designed to propel the state's economy forward through a series of technology projects.
Jointly announced by Gov. Rick Snyder and Cisco, the State Digital Acceleration program (SDA) is a three-year "targeted collaboration" that includes five projects around connected roadways; digital manufacturing and the supply chain; the digital workforce; citizen-centric government; and "smart and thriving" communities.
The program is modeled after Cisco's Country Digital Acceleration program (CDA), which has launched in 16 countries within the last three years. SDA is the first partnership of its kind in the U.S., and will help establish the region as "a destination for top entrepreneurs and talent," according to the firm.
The program will help Michigan continue its ascent out of the 2008 economic downturn, Cisco's Allison Gleeson said in a blog post. The state's unemployment is at its lowest rate in 17 years at 3.8 percent, and the local technology has market experienced a 48 percent increase in venture-backed startups within the past five years.
The five projects included in SDA include:
VentureBeat reported the company's interest in Michigan was piqued by its national leadership in autonomous driving technology. Michigan was one of the first states to begin promoting testing of the emerging technology and is home to the Mcity Test Facility, a 32-acre purpose-built testing ground on the University of Michigan designed to emulate real-world driving conditions for the testing of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies.
Cisco, based in California, has not disclosed how much it will spend in Michigan throughout the three-year program.