EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Innovate Michigan! Summit 2017

Register now for the sixth annual Innovate Michigan! Summit, which will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.

Each year, the MSU-EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) organizes the Innovate Michigan! Summit, a conference that brings together economic experts and enthusiasts alike to share, learn, and create unique and innovative approaches to economic development and revitalization in the State of Michigan.

This year's Innovate Michigan! Summit will be a half-day event featuring presentations on new economic development tools, models, policies, programs, and practices, along with community-university projects from around the state, and an opportunity for participants to prioritize topics and ideas for future REI activities.

An evening networking reception will conclude the day.

  • What: Share, learn, and create innovative ideas for economic development and revitalization in Michigan
  • When: 1:00-7:30pm on Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Where: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 South Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI

Register Now!


Time Session Description Room
1:00–1:20pm   Welcome: Rex LaMore, Ph.D. (REI) Riverside
1:20–2:00pm   Keynote Riverside
2:00–2:30pm   Ideas to Innovations Riverside
2:45–3:25pm I Women Who Weld in Detroit (CI) 104A
2:45–3:25pm I Social Entrepreneurship in Legacy Cities (CLP) 104B
2:45–3:25pm I The Impacts of Dark Stores (SLFG) 103A
3:35–4:15pm II Triple-Bottom-Line Companies (CI) 104A
3:35–4:15pm II The Fledge: Sustainable Practices for a Successful Incubator (CLP) 104B
3:35–4:15pm II Redevelopment of the Fairlane Town Center (SLFG) 103A
4:25–5:00pm III Public Infrastructure and Economic Development (CLP) 104A
4:25–5:00pm III Ecotourism in the Upper Peninsula (SLFG) 104B
4:25–5:00pm III Innovative Ideas in Traditional Small Towns (CLP) 103B
5:00–6:00pm Inventor Expo Round Table Discussions (Meet the Experts on business, finance, marketing, funding, HR, legal services etc.) Big Ten A
6:00–7:30pm   Networking Reception Centennial