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Do you have innovative ideas to improve Michigan's economy? Tweet them using #Ideas4MI or send them directly to us! The best ideas could turn into REI projects!

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Funding Applications

We are currently seeking applications for Co-Learning Plans as well as Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Technical Assistance Projects. Visit the Submit an Application page for more information!

REI News

Calling for Co-Learning Plan Authors!

A new year is quickly approaching, and with it comes a new set of projects. Each year, REI funds up to 10 Co-Learning Plans which explore various tools, models, policies and practices that could improve Michigan's economy. The application for the 2015 Co-Learning Plan series is now available here. The deadline for applications is December 5, 2014.

2015 Co-Learning Plan Topics

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  1. Supporting Michigan "Triple Bottom Line" Businesses
  2. Employer-Led Training Programs
  3. Michigan’s Ecotourism Economy
  4. Veteran Employment
  5. Ex-Offenders and Entrepreneurial Force for Local Economies
  6. Urban Grower Co-ops
  7. The Michigan Scrapper Economy
  8. Shared Economy Businesses
  9. Other Idea Not Listed
  10. Community Benefit Agreements

Past projects include tax legislation (Improving TIF Transparency and Accountability), and community improvement programs (Community Based Investing), among others. Some of this year's topics include "Supporting Michigan 'Triple Bottom Line' Businesses", "Michigan's Ecotourism Economy", and "Urban Grower Co-ops". For a full list, visit our Submit an Application page and click on "Apply now!" We're looking forward to getting the new round of Co-Learning Plans underway; good luck to all applicants!

To see past stories, visit the News Archive.

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Innovate Michigan! Summit 2014 Highlights

Pop-Up Business Model

This Co-Learning Plan focused on the tangible tasks, challenges, and best practices associated with development and management of pop-up programs in Detroit and around the nation, using 'REVOLVE Detroit' as a model.

Senator Carl Levin Thanks REI

U.S. Senator Carl Levin thanks the University Center for Regional Economic Innovation at the 2014 REI Innovate Michigan! Summit.

Skills Gap

This research focuses on the skills gap in the Michigan manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on how producer firms can play a role to address workforce development obstacles by collaborating with institutions and actors in their local supply chains and industrial clusters.

Small Business Technology

Connect Michigan has been leading the way to bring the economic and quality of life benefits of broadband to all Michigan residents. This Co-Learning Plan explores the opportunity for hands-on, on-site technology training for Michigan small businesses and suggests a model for local implementation.

Project Status

The 2014 Innovate Michigan! Summit will be on September 4th!

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Ideas reviewed and selected

Summer/Fall 2014

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Authors solicited

Fall 2014

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Timeline of REI Co-learning Plan Development

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Do you have an idea for an innovative tool, model, or policy? Have you heard about an innovative local practice? Let us know!