EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Innovate Michigan! Summit 2018

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Innovate Michigan! Summit
September 6th, 2018

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The 7th annual Innovate Michigan! Summit and Michigan Inventors Coalition (MIC) Expo will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. The Innovate Michigan! Summit features presentations on new economic development tools, models, programs, and policies with community-university projects from around the state. Participants will gather to prioritize ideas for future REI activities and are invited to join the MIC Expo following the Summit.

Join us for a networking reception after the MIC Expo.

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Summit Promotional Video

Tentative Agenda


  • Welcome
  • Opening Remarks: Rex LaMore, Director, MSU Center for Community and Economic Development
  • Welcome Remarks: Rachel Croson, Dean, MSU College of Social Science
  • Panel Discussion: Agricultural Technological Innovation in Michigan


  • Agricultural Technological Innovation in Michigan, Terri Barker (CLP)
  • Big-Box Converted to Co-op, Edward Lorenz (SLFG)
  • Smart Cities and Infrastructure for Michigan, Dong Zhao (CLP)
  • Exploring the Underground Economy in Detroit, Rita Fields (CI)
  • MSU Planning Students and The Thumb: Downtown Durand Development Strategy (SLFG) & Village of Sebewaing Kayaking, Walking, and Recreation Plan Study (SLFG)


  • A Study of the Economic Impact of Startup Accelerator Programs, Tony Willis, Josie Keenan and Jared Wein (CLP)
  • Assessment of the Maker Economy in Detroit, Robin Boyle (SLFG)
  • Strengthening Michigan's Infrastructure and Sustainability: How Master and Capital Improvement Plans Can Help Build Sustainable "Green-Blue" Communities, John Austin and Dayne Walling (CLP)
  • Network and Digital Media Strategies for Community Development Efforts: A Case Study of The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Laleah Fernandez and John Egelhaaf (CI)


  • Ideas to Innovations

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