DETROIT-The proposals will be reviewed and up to four SmartZone designations may be made by Dec. 31. The remaining zones must be designated by 2002.

The program aims to stimulate the growth of technology-based businesses and jobs by creating recognized clusters of tech businesses and research institutions throughout the state.

The nine full proposals include: Lansing Regional, Michigan Tech Enterprise Park, Pinnacle Aeropark, Muskegon Area, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Marshall, Springfield, Washtenaw County, Woodward Technology Corridor and Mount Pleasant.

The nine pre-proposals include: Jackson County, Emmet County Technology Park, Berrien County, Saginaw, Flint-Genesee County, Southfield, Grand Rapids Area, Oceana County Economic Development Corp., Sterling Heights and Macomb County.

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