Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has used her time on a national stage in Detroit to sell the state as a leader in moving the nation toward energy independence.
Granholm spoke at the National Summit, a three-day conference on the future of manufacturing, technology, energy and the environment. The conference has drawn about 1,700 people daily from business, government and academia.
She says Michigan is expected to lose 1 million jobs this decade. But she says it seeks to reverse the decline by becoming a "pilot state" for generating alternative energies like wind power and developing equipment and technology.
Executives at the summit warned against unrealistic expectations of new energy sources solving current economic problems.
The event runs through today.