HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan's Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II took a tour of multiple businesses and organizations around the Copper Country Sunday and Monday.
Monday morning, Gilchrist spent time touring Michigan Tech's research facilities.
"I got to spend some time with the leadership, and see just some of the amazing leadership being shown by the university. Whether it's in marine autonomy, propulsions for space systems and really everything in between," said Gilchrist.
The Lieutenant Governor also visited the MTEC SmartZone to sit down and talk with startup businesses from the area about their businesses, and how the state can help.
"We want to be the best partner possible. Governor Whitmer and I have always supported, not just higher education, but people who have ideas in Michigan and want to grow their businesses here. We want to encourage talented people to not only come here, but to stay here," added Gilchrist.
"What was refreshing about this visit here was that the government of Michigan redoubled its efforts to communicate to people that it's OK to innovate and that it's a good thing to create economic development using high technology," said Daniel Jamison, CEO of the MTEC SmartZone
Gilchrist ended his tour of the Copper Country by meeting with the staff at Houghton Elementary School, and reading a 1st grade class a story.
"It was really neat to see him reading to them and having our students exposed to, really, the second in command in our state. It was a great opportunity for our school, and a great opportunity for us as a district to share our concerns," said Anders Hill, Principal of Houghton Elementary School.