Chancellor's Office

Road to Renaissance


May 29, 2007

Dear Colleagues,

The “Road to Renaissance” report issued earlier this month offers a genuine promise to tackle specific strategic priorities to transform the economy of southeastern Michigan, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn is right in the middle of those efforts.

I had the pleasure of serving as co-chair of one of the six task forces involved in developing the blueprint, and our campus is serving as the organizational home for the effort to “Secure a Strong Future Talent Base” for our region.

The report has generated a great deal of positive media attention, including an editorial in the Detroit News that said “Renaissance has provided a road map for leading the region back to prosperity.” The Detroit Free Press editorial said, “The Road to Renaissance, a new 3-year economic plan for metro Detroit, is a must read for policy makers looking for sound and hopeful economic strategies. Though grand ideas to revive Detroit seem to come around every day, this one, crafted by Detroit Renaissance, is a cut above the rest.”

Completing the report is one step, but now the hard work begins. Over the next year and a half, our task force is going to take specific actions to build stronger internship programs in our region, to expand awareness and support for programs for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage under-educated adults to resume their educations, among other projects. As these plans evolve and efforts develop, I know more of us here at UM-Dearborn will be called on to participate.

Working with partners like Detroit Renaissance and the corporate, civic and political leaders who have been mobilized to support this ambitious program is just one example of how UM-Dearborn is pursuing a Metropolitan Vision, and providing the excellence of the University of Michigan in service to the needs of our region.


Daniel Little