Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Publishes STEM Ecosystem Impact Report

FREELAND, MICHIGAN, June 15, 2021 – In support of the rich STEM Ecosystem in the region, the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance has published its first STEM Ecosystem Impact Report, highlighting the many ways that the region comes together to harness the power that science, technology, engineering and math collectively bring to the community. Driven by a STEM-powered economy, the Great Lakes Bay Region is fortunate to have a particular economic emphasis in the manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare and higher education sectors.

Key highlights of the report include:

  • College and Career Readiness efforts helping to equip students with the tools they need for long-term success
  • The Employer Talent Pipeline work connecting companies with the future workforce in meaningful ways and how the region is aligning around the skills needed for the future
  • Comprehensive learning opportunities occurring beyond the classroom in the Out-of-School Time Network which enrich the regional culture of STEM
  • Ongoing efforts that have made access and equity a priority for STEM in the region
  • Numerous resources for additional learning opportunities, information and follow up

“This report underscores the breadth and depth of STEM in our region and highlights the many partners who focus on equipping new generations of talent with the knowledge to shape our future,” said Matt Felan, president and CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. “From fueling our Employer Talent Pipeline, to preparing students for continuing education and the workforce, to designing with sustainability in mind, the STEM Ecosystem Impact Report captures the spirit of our dynamic and diverse network working to propel the region forward.”

The digital version of the report acts as a central resource for many of the aspects of the STEM Ecosystem, with links to many of our partner efforts, programs within the region and other resources.

“Since launching the STEM Ecosystem efforts in the region in 2014, we’ve taken the cradle-to-career approach to support an environment that is rich in life-long learning and development,” said Lori Flippin, STEM director for the Alliance. “The STEM efforts in the Great Lakes Bay Region have truly taken a village to develop and support, so we wouldn’t be where we are today without the involvement of more than 500 partners. We are thankful to each and every single partner that helps us position STEM at the forefront of our future.”

Distribution has started, beginning with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational Media Day and other events. Report copies will be available by request and in digital format online. More information and the digital version of the STEM Ecosystem Impact Report can be found here. The PDF report can be downloaded directly here.

For more information about the STEM Ecosystem, contact Lori Flippin at


About the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

The mission of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is to encourage, support and celebrate regional collaboration and initiatives that will improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is comprised of 48+ board members who represent various organizations across Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties. More information is available at

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