Today, U.S. Representative Gary Peters praised the start-up culture and waive of entrepreneurship and innovation in Southeast Michigan being reported on by the National Journal in their weeklong America 360 series featuring Detroit.
Peters said, "I am glad that Washington is starting to take notice of what all Michiganders know to be true: Michigan has a powerful legacy of innovation. Today, there are more engineers per capita in Southeast Michigan than anywhere else in the country. Start-ups in Detroit, like the ones featured in this article, are solving problems, creating jobs and charting the way for a new economy in the city and region."
Peters is an outspoken champion for Michigan small businesses in Washington. He is co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has helped create two successful small business programs, the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) and the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF), which have been credited with helping to leverage millions in private investment, spurring small business growth and creating thousands of jobs in Michigan. Most recently, he has been leading efforts to stop an unfair innovation tax on Michigan entrepreneurs, gathering support to petition the Office of Management and Budget to exempt the U.S. Patent Office from sequester cuts.