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State of DOD Contracting in Northwest Michigan

The Research Goal of the following study was to benchmark Department of Defense contracting performance for Northwest Michigan (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties) with a focus on high-technology Industry activity by comparing them to US counties with similar sized workforces. The study also includes a survey of Northwest Michigan companies to gauge their capacity and interest in seeking opportunities to increase DOD contract activity. The study used industry employment and wage data, patent filings, and historical DOD contract data for all counties in the US from 2013 to 2017. Following are key points from the research with implications for economic development policy.

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