Michigan Security Network boosts state's economy

Fighting Michigan’s well-documented economic struggles, industry leaders are looking for innovation that will help jumpstart the economy and get people working again. To that end, 16 Michigan-based companies and universities have founded the Michigan Security Network, which offers entrepreneurs and established companies sector-specific consulting services and access to a comprehensive database of homeland security-related funding sources, in-state research and development projects, and other opportunities.

Leslie Touma, CEO and founder of Michigan Security Network, said Michigan not only has a large technical talent pool, but also has the largest commercial border crossing in the United States and the only company—Emergent BioSolutions (based in Lansing)—that makes the anthrax vaccine. That led Michigan Security Network to focus on border security technology, bio-defense applications and cyber security.

MiSN’s next step is the Homeland Security Market Leadership Conference, taking place Nov. 4 in Dearborn, Mich. Conference attendees can begin the registration process that will be used to select qualified participants for the homeland security FastTrac programs. The training is scheduled for early 2010.