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October 9-15, 2022: Michigan Metric Week

WHEREAS, the metric system, known as the International System of Units (SI), is a universal decimal-based measurement system developed to harmonize essential measurements that underpin science and technology; and,

WHEREAS, legalized by the United States Congress in 1866 and declared the preferred system of weights and measures for Trade and Commerce; and,

WHEREAS, the development of the metric system as an international system has contributed to advances in global commerce, science, and technology; and,

WHEREAS, SI familiarity and fluency developed along the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career pipeline helps prepare the future U.S. workforce; and,

WHEREAS, National Metric Week draws attention to the educational and economic benefits of using the metric system;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 9-15, 2022, as Michigan Metric Week in Michigan.