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Nov. 6, 2023

Getting to Know: Economic Development Director David Bertram

Bertram joins college to create more economic opportunities

Nov. 6, 2023

As the Michigan State University College of Engineering pushes forward in its commitment to support economic development diversification of the Michigan economy, there’s a new key player to lead the way.

David Bertram was recently named the college’s director of economic development.

“I’m pleased to have joined MSU Engineering,” Bertram said. “I am an adviser to the dean and the college’s executive leadership team regarding economic development opportunities at the state, national and global level.

Bertram will connect with MSU Government Relations and Business Connect to advance College of Engineering interests in their respective domains.

“My focus is on new opportunities for research with industry while continuing to build on existing programs in the college. I am also using my experience with government channels to strengthen the legacy of our public-private partnerships.”

Bertram said a priority involves organizing the college’s response to large externally sponsored research, development, and talent opportunities. The work is in conjunction with the college’s current research and talent development teams.

He has more than 25 years of experience in government relations, economic development, strategic planning, policy development, and communications. He served as the associate vice president for state relations in the MSU Office of Government Relations from 2011-2022. Additionally, he led government relations for the Michigan Townships Association for 14 years, and previously worked as a legislative liaison in Michigan’s Executive Office.

Bertram is a graduate of Lake Superior State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science.