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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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Project Solicitation

REI is currently accepting applications for summer 2015 Student-Led, Faculty-Guided projects. Visit the Submit an Application page for more details.

Save the Date

Mark your calendar! REI's 4th annual Innovate Michigan! Summit will take place on Thursday, September 10, 2015 in East Lansing.

Don't forget to check out the great highlight video of last year's Summit!

REI News

Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects and Webinars

Our Spring 2015 Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects are nearing completion! These projects include: Family-Owned Business Database for the Great Lakes Bay Region, Blight Elimination in Muskegon Heights, Generative NZE Infrastructure, and more. Check back soon to read these innovative technical assistance projects.

The Great Lakes Regional Training Initiative will be holding a webinar on Establishing an Entrepreneurial Friendly Region on Thursday, April 2nd at 2:30pm. For more information or to attend this webinar, view the event flyer. Stay tuned for more upcoming webinars from REI, including Impact Assessment of Pollution in Southwest Detroit with Phillip Olla, and Family-Owned Business Database for the Great Lakes Bay Region with Rama Yelkur.

To see past stories, visit the News Archive.

New Videos Link

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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Are you interested in joining a digital community seeking to generate innovative ideas, tools, models, policies, and practices that can strengthen Michigan's economy? Join the REI Networks!

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