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August 17th, 2023


8:00 am - 8:45 am:  Continental breakfast and networking 

8:45 am - 9:15 am: Welcome and opening remarks by Dr. Lamore & Dr. Kwesi Brookins, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement  

9:15 am- 10:00 am: Invited Keynote, Dr. Nabil Nasr, CEO of ReMade Institute 

10:00 am- 10:30 am  | Break

10:30 am - 11:15 am | Breakout Session One

Breakout Room 103: Opportunity or Betrayal?: The Promise and Perils of Electric Mobility, Moderator: Eric Shannon

Breakout Room 104: Collaborative Partnership Models: A Case for Increased Capacity and Efficiency

11:15 am - 11:30: Break

11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Breakout Session Two

Breakout Room 103: Leveraging the Planning Process to Create a Model of Engagement for Communities in Need, Moderator: Cassi Meitl

Breakout Room 104: Crowdfunding Capital Raises

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm: Ideas to Innovation Rating

12:45 pm- 1:45 pm: Lunch, networking, Economic Development Graffiti Wall, Resource Table

1:45 pm- 2:00 pm: Ideas to Innovation Rating Results

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm: Break

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Breakout Room 103: Benefits of Worker-Owned Cooperative Business Development for Low-Income Residents in Michigan, Moderator: Chris Miller

Breakout Room 104: Making Ends Meet: Women's Work, the Care Sector and Regional Informal Economies: Detroit

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm: Breakout Session Four

Breakout Room 103: Reliable High-Speed Internet, Moderator: John Egelhaaf

Breakout Room 104: Lansing North Grand River Avenue Corridor Study, Moderator: Terence O'Neill

4:00 pm: MIC Pitch Contest and Announced Winner