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Jeff Mason

Executive Director, University Research Corridor

Jeff MasonJeff Mason is executive director of Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC), which is an alliance between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University to transform, strengthen, and diversify Michigan’s economy.  The URC plays a key role in creating a vibrant Michigan economy that leverages the intellectual capital of its three public research universities. It also works proactively to attract the knowledge economy businesses that can find the research activity that feeds new enterprise, educates the workforce and plants the seeds for new industries.

Prior to joining the URC as executive director in July 2009, he served as senior vice president and chief business development officer for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In that role, Mason led a team responsible for the retention and expansion of existing Michigan businesses as well as the attraction of national and international companies to Michigan. Before becoming chief business development officer, Mason headed up the Technology Development Group working to grow technology oriented segments of Michigan’s economy.

Mason received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University. He also serves on the board of a number of technology organizations, including the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center.