Coming up: Second Binational Blue Water Regional Conference; June 11, 2014 in Sarnia, ON
Welcome to our site dedicated to the support of innovative regional planning for strategic competition in the global knowledge economy. Our immediate project goal is the development of binational regional strategies in the areas of Green Chemistry, Agri-food Production, and Joint Regional Marketing. Binational regional strategies can leverage a wider range of assets and resources that don't stop at international borders and enhance binational regional prosperity. Our geographic focus starts with the Blue Water Region of east Michigan and southwest Ontario with the parallel objective of closer policy alignment between the state of Michigan and the province of Ontario. A world-class network of experts, the Binational Regional Innovation and Collaboration Advisory Network (BRICAN), has been assembled to help guide and implement the current project that is funded by the Michigan Applied Public Policy Research (MAPPR) program, an initiative of the Michigan State University Institute of Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR).