Risk Takers: Improving Communities through Economic Development

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In the past 50 years it has become apparent that traditional economic development practices don't address...

Meet REI's 2019 Innovation Fellow

The REI University Center has selected one Innovation Fellow to support in 2019. Visit the Current Projects page to learn more about Norman Christopher and his work on social entrepreneurship.

Announcing 2019 Co-Learning Plans

The REI University Center is proud to support 6 Co-Learning Plans in 2019! Visit the Current Projects page to learn more about each of these projects.

Bring us your #IDEAS4MI!

Here's what happens when you submit your idea...


REI Funds two types of projects:
Co-learning and Student-Led/Faculty-Guided

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March 2019 News

Monday, February 4, 2019

Mark your calendars! The Innovate Michigan! Summit returns for an eighth year on Thursday, August 29 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the East Lansing campus of Michigan State University, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

February 2019 News

Monday, February 4, 2019

REI would like to thank all those who submitted a proposal to be a part of the 2019 Project Series. We received several very promising applications. After a review by our Consultative Panel, we are happy to introduce one Innovation Fellow and six Co-Learning Plans.

Call for Innovation Fellows

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The REI University Center seeks to implement innovative tools, models, and policies. The Innovation Fellows program was established in 2016 to attract and support top champions in communities and organizations to tackle the tough economic development issues that our distressed communities face every day and to implement solutions.

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