TRAVERSE CITY — Officials from Michigan Technological University and representatives from the Grand Traverse region have entered into a three-year partnership to work on educational and research projects.

The move was made official earlier this month and announced Thursday. The two sides hope this is a mutually beneficial relationship that will attract new businesses, entrepreneurs and families to the area, and new students, faculty and staff to Michigan Tech.

“This is an exciting time for Michigan Tech and those in the Grand Traverse area as we embrace opportunities that will add value and strength to the work we do, those we serve and the impact we have on our communities, the state of Michigan and our world,” said Michigan Tech Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Les Cook.

Those involved will explore K-12 and pre-college engagement, higher education, industry, economic development and community development.

“The Grand Traverse region is intentionally creating a vibrant ecosystem to incubate and grow businesses that create value through innovation,” said Bill Myers, chair of the Grand Traverse Area Michigan Tech Steering Committee. "It is the right time for an internationally recognized research institution like Michigan Tech to help our community build on its legacy of innovation.”

Members will meet with representatives from Michigan Tech four times a year to evaluate the partnership and the status of projects and initiatives.