SVSU President Lays Out Vision For Mid-Mich. 9-14-2010 - WNEM TV 5

SVSU President Lays Out Vision For Mid-Mich. 9-14-2010

With a tough economy, a soft housing market and few good paying jobs available in the area, is there a viable future for people in the Great Lakes Bay Region?
Dr. Eric Gilbertson, president of Saginaw Valley State University, said we have all of the right ingredients for success, if we pool our talent and resources.
"Look at regional cooperation to do things we can not do as individual communities," said Gilbertson while speaking to a packed house at the Bay Area Chamber breakfast on Tuesday morning.
Gilbertson told the crowd there's strength and success in numbers.
"Look to the future by looking at the past. [There are] some wonderful examples of the region coming together to create things we wouldn't have if we were operating as local communities. The airport, our water system, Delta College [and] with all humility, SVSU," said Gilbertson.
Speaking to area business and education leaders, Gilbertson said the future belongs to the entire region, not just one community.
"Encourage your children to think bigger. Part of what happened in this region [is] we've thought too small, we've limited ourselves," said Gilbertson.
TV5 reporter Jay Brandow asked him if that meant all college kids need a four year college degree to succeed.
"No, I don't think everyone does," responded Gilbertson. "I think in giving yourself the greatest depth of possibilities and the most limitless range of possibilities, higher education is the answer."
Gilbertson said the future success of the Great Lakes Bay Region can be linked to its history. Like many decades ago when Bay City, Saginaw and Midland combined forces to create Tri-City Airport, which has morphed into MBS International Airport through unity of community.
Gilbertson also pointed out that technology will help pave the way to the region's future, citing the regions growing solar power industries.
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