The front page of today’s Blade offered an apt metaphor for the state of our region: the prospect of a potentially positive and brighter future while economic troubles still hang over our heads (literally, due to the Blade’s page 1-A lay-out).
Noting a call by President Obama to increase the nation’s clean energy electricity generation dramatically over the next 25 years, Blade writer Joe Vardon spoke with UT and community leaders about the ways the University’s and the region’s alternative energy focus seemed to mesh closely with the president’s vision.
As the story highlights, UT has partnered with Dow Corning on a grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy that, if approved, could bring tens of millions of dollars to northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan to further alternative energy commercialization. The grant is specifically geared at encouraging public-private partnerships, a theme President Jacobs emphasized in last year’s Address to the Community.
But just above that story was another: “5 public pension funds make offer to cut benefits.” An argument could certainly be made that successes in alternative energy and economic development by UT indirectly benefit all who live in the region and work at UT. However, the connection between the proposed retirement benefit cuts is much more direct, personal and immediate.
No matter where you are in your career, this is news you should be aware of – even as we work hard for that positive, prosperous future.