Michigan is a state located in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. Michigan is the 10th most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area. Its capital is Lansing, and the largest city is Detroit. Almost half of the major U.S. and Canadian markets are located within 500 miles of Michigan. Michigan was admitted into the Union on January 26, 1837 as the 26th state.
The major industries in Michigan include automobiles, information technology, aerospace, military equipment, transportation and manufacturing. The state is a leading producer of peat, bromine, calcium‐magnesium chloride, gypsum, and magnesium compounds. Agriculture, hunting, fishing and tourism are the other significant industries in the state. The gross state product of Michigan in 2017 stood at $504.97 billion. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of June 2018, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 4.5%.
Known as the nation’s automotive capital, Michigan has a rich history with the Big Three automakers, General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and Ford Motor Co., which all began in Michigan in the first quarter of the 20th century. Michigan is home to 23% of total U.S. vehicle production. Michigan also manufactures a wide variety of other products, including fabricated metals, machinery, furniture, food products and chemicals. Michigan has added more manufacturing jobs since the end of the recession than any other U.S. state. As of 2002, Michigan ranked fourth in the U.S. in high tech employment with 568,168 high tech workers, which includes 70,000 in the automotive industry. In 2006, Michigan was second among the states for overall industrial R&D spending at $16.5 billion. From 2007 to 2009, Michigan ranked 3rd in the U.S. for new corporate facilities and expansions. In August 2009, Michigan and Detroit's auto industry received $1.36 B in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy for the manufacture of electric vehicle technologies which is expected to generate 6,800 immediate jobs and employ 40,000 in the state by 2020. As the nation moves toward greener energy policies, Michigan companies are pursuing alternative energy options, including wind and solar power.
A wide variety of commodity crops, fruits, and vegetables are grown in Michigan, making it second only to California among U.S. states in the diversity of its agriculture. The state has 55,000 farms utilizing 10,000,000 acres (40,000 square km) of land which sold $6.6 billion worth of products in 2010. The most valuable agricultural product is milk. Leading crops include corn, soybeans, flowers, wheat, sugar beets and potatoes.
Michigan's tourists spend $17.2 billion per year in the state, supporting 193,000 tourism jobs. Michigan's tourism website ranks among the busiest in the nation. Destinations draw vacationers, hunters, and nature enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada. Michigan is fifty percent forest land, much of it quite remote. The forests, lakes and thousands of miles of beaches are top attractions. Event tourism draws large numbers to occasions like the Tulip Time Festival and the National Cherry Festival.
Michigan has a number of public universities spread throughout the state and numerous private colleges as well. University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University are the three major research institutions in the state.
Michigan China Center Overview
Strategically located in Shanghai, Michigan China Center is aimed to develop commercial relationships between Michigan and China. The Center helps to expand Michigan's engagement in China to increase exports of Michigan-made products into the China market. Michigan China Center has been committed to promote this important and productive relationship and served as a bridge in facilitating the efforts. In recent years, the trade exchanges have been enhanced and cooperation been further widened.
Brian Connors （Michigan-China Innovation Center）
- ：+1 517-455-6344
- ：1001 Woodward Ave. Suite 950, Detroit, MI 48226
The Michigan-China Innovation Center (MCIC) works on behalf of the State of Michigan government to manage Michigan’s China business development and relationships. MCIC’s mission is to promote business ties between Michigan and China.
MCIC provides free services directly to Chinese companies considering business in Michigan. MCIC provides free information, local introductions, and, in coordination with State of Michigan government, incentives support for Chinese businesses that are considering investing in Michigan.
MCIC has helped numerous Chinese businesses establish successful operations in Michigan, working in many industries, such as automotive manufacturing, automotive R&D, sales & logistics, insurance, and finance.We look forward to supporting your business, and hope you’ll contact us!
Irene Tsai（Pennsylvania Taiwan Office, Chief Representative）
- ：Suite 7C-05, No. 5, Xin-Yi Rd., Sec. 5, Taipei 110, Taiwan
- ：www.aim-pa.com ; www.dced.pa.gov; www.visitPA.com
Pennsylvania Taiwan brief
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Led by the Office of International Business Development (OIBD), Pennsylvania has the largest network of overseas offices around the world (24 offices covering more than 60 markets worldwide) that help businesses outside the US by acting as their liaison. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Trade & Investment (Taiwan) is one of the 24 offices supervised by DCED. The Office is aim to assist Taiwanese companies to navigate the approaches to set up and operate a business in Pennsylvania, including information on taxes, immigration, introductions for companies to potential partners and others engaged in their industry across Pennsylvania.
The Office also assists Pennsylvania-based companies to expand their international footprints to the Taiwanese market. To help Pennsylvania local companies succeed in the local market, the Office will conduct brief market overview, establishing contacts, arranging overseas trips, locating resources and partners for Pennsylvanian companies.
Pennsylvania is within a day’s drive of nearly 40% of the U.S. population and 60% of the Canadian populations, giving it easy access to 4 of the 10 largest U.S. markets. We have the infrastructure to keep business moving with3 ports, 6 international airports, a world-class highway system and modern freight railroads.
Pennsylvania is home to the second largest energy field in the world, top three energy exporters in the United States and home to 6 of the U.S.’s top 100 universities. Pennsylvania has the world’s 19th largest GDP, comparable to that of Turkey, and larger than Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.