Jeff Mason is Executive Director of Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC), which is an alliance between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. The URC is one of the nation’s top academic research clusters and a leading engine for innovation in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The URC is focused on increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world. The URC works to make Michigan attractive to businesses and talented individuals by educating the next generation of highly skilled workers, conducting innovative research and fostering business and academic partnerships. Prior to joining the URC as Executive Director in July 2009, Mr. Mason held a number of positions at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation including Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer as well as Vice President for Technology Development. Mr. Mason received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University.