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March 31, 2016

MSU scholar appointed to new state infrastructure commission

Michigan State University’s Janice Beecher was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on a new state commission charged with creating a long-term plan to ensure Michigan’s infrastructure remains safe and efficient.

The 27-member 21st Century Infrastructure Commission will identify and prioritize investments in transportation, water and sewer, wastewater infrastructure, energy, telecommunications and other areas.

The commission must present an infrastructure assessment and recommendations on funding to the governor by Nov. 30.

Beecher, of Haslett, has served as director of MSU’s Institute of Public Utilities since 2002, bringing more than 30 years of applied research experience to the position. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science and history from Elmhurst College and both a master’s and doctorate in political science from Northwestern University.

Members will serve terms expiring at the pleasure of the governor. These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

The appointments were announced Thursday; read more here.

By: Andy Henion

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