Discovering and applying new and innovative economic development tools, models, policies, and programs
Creating Jobs and Wealth in Distressed Michigan Communities

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Thanks For Joining Us!

The 8th annual Innovate Michigan! Summit and Michigan Inventors Coalition (MIC) Expo was held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. The Innovate Michigan! Summit featured presentations on innovative economic development tools, models, programs, and policies from around the state. Following the Summit, participants were invited to stroll the MIC Expo and network at the evening reception.


REI Podcast Series

REI's first ever Podcast series previewing the presenters of the 2019 Innovate Michigan! Summit. Beginning with Sam Butler's Co-Learning Plan covering implementing community benefit provisions in the development process, and continuing thorough all of the 2019 REI funded projects!

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8:00 - 9:00 am | MSU REI Team, Welcome | Big Ten A

  • 8:00 - 8:15 am | Opening Remarks | Dr. Rex LaMore, Director, MSU CCED
  • 8:20 - 8:45 am | Welcome | Rep. Julie Brixie
  • 8:50 - 9:00 am | "What is REI?": A Walk Through Today's Agenda | Jennifer Bruen, MSU REI Project Coordinator

9:15 - 10:00 am

10:15 - 11:00 am

11:15 - 11:45 am

Ideas to Innovations | Room 105AB

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Redevelopment Ready Communities: Low Impact Development | Daniel Christian & J.B. Hinds | Room 105AB

2:30 - 3:15 pm

Redevelopment Ready Communities: Community Benefits Agreement | Sam Butler | Room 105AB

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Innovate Michigan! Summit Networking Reception | Cenntennial Room


Our Partners

  • BLVD Harambee
  • City of Adrian
  • City of Flint
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • Connect Michigan
  • Corp. for a Skilled Workforce
  • Doing Development Differently in Detroit (D4)
  • Detroit Economic Growth Association
  • Detroit Training Center
  • East Michigan Council of Governments
  • Generation E Institute
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Highland 365
  • Madonna University
  • Michigan Corps
  • Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Michigan Economic Center
  • Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA)
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
  • Michigan Inventors Coalition
  • Michigan State Housing and Development Administration (MSHDA)
  • Michigan Tech University
  • Microenterprise Network of Michigan
  • MSU Business Connect
  • MSU Business Library
  • MSU Business School
  • MSU College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • MSU College of Social Science
  • MSU Communication Arts and Sciences
  • MSU Dept. of Agriculture
  • MSU Extension
  • MSU Food & Ag Business Development
  • MSU Higher Ed and Adult Learning (HALE)
  • MSU Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • MSU Julian Samora Research Institute
  • MSU Office of the Provost
  • MSU Office of Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies
  • MSU Outreach and Engagement
  • MSU Quello Center
  • MSU School of Planning, Design, and Construction
  • MSU Urban and Regional Planning
  • MSU Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
  • Northeast Council of Government
  • Northern Initiatives
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Policy Institute, Alma College
  • Public Policy Associates
  • Red Ink Flint/Flint Local 432
  • Red Ink Flint
  • Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC)
  • Seeds of Promise
  • Senator Peters
  • Shop Floor Theater Co
  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
  • Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
  • St. Clair EDA
  • Strategic Policy Consultants
  • Sustainable Business Practices LLC
  • Sustainability Research Group
  • Tri-County Regional Planning
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • University Research Corridor
  • Urban Planning, Wayne State University
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Wayne State University
  • West Michigan Regional Development Commission
  • West Michigan Regional Planning Commission


Past Events

The Innovate Michigan! Summit is an annual event that has occured since September 2012. Check out our past Summits for background on the event, its history, and the amazing outcomes from this collaboration of great minds from all over the state of Michigan!