Leaders discuss Michigan’s ‘buried treasures’ as key to high-tech future

Michigan Department of Natural ResourcesFirst-ever conference spotlights natural resource-based industries’ role in state’s economy, communities and job growth

State policy leaders and industry and academic experts today dug deep into the importance and potential of Michigan’s abundant underground resources in building Michigan’s economic future.
Hundreds of companies around the state, mostly locally based small businesses, extract oil, natural gas and minerals – metallic minerals like gold, nickel and iron ore, and nonmetallic minerals like gypsum, limestone, salt, sand, gravel and clay – from the earth.