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The third annual Innovate Michigan! Summit was held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.

REI would like to thank everyone who supported and attended the 2014 Innovate Michigan! Summit. It was great to see so many people (over 150) from around the state come together to learn about how they can improve our state's economy! We would also like to thank Senator Carl Levin and Dr. June Pierce Youatt (MSU Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs) for providing remarks at the beginning of the event. Senator Levin's video message has now been posted online for those who missed it.

There's also a quick recap video about Michigan Inventors Coalition's Inventors Expo 2014, which was held down the hall from the Summit.

Highlight Video

Speakers and presentations

2014's keynote speaker was Ayleen Robainas Barcia, Ph.D., an architect in the Historian's Office of Havana City. She presented on the historic private enterprise zone being piloted in Old Havana, and discussed how it is helping to rebuild, revitalize and preserve the Old Centre of Havana, Cuba.

Summit Program


Time Session Description Room
8:30–9:00am   Registration  
9:00–9:20am   Welcome: Rex LaMore, Ph.D. (REI), June Pierce Youatt (MSU Provost) Auditorium
9:30–10:15am I Expanding Economic Literacy by Using the Money Smart for Small Business Curriculum Auditorium
9:30–10:15am I Afterhouse 103A
9:30–10:15am I Research on the Viability of the Pop Up Business Model in Metropolitan Detroit 103B
10:15–10:30am   Networking Break  
10:30–11:15am II Improving Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Transparency and Accountability: A Consolidated TIF Database for Michigan 104AB
10:30–11:15am II Operation Above Ground: Improving Licensing for New Food Businesses to Promote a Stronger Detroit Food Economy 103A
10:30–11:15am II Montcalm Business Incubator 103B
10:30–11:15am II Action Plan for a Detroit Employment District: Mt. Elliott Industrial District Heritage
11:15–11:30am   Networking Break  
11:30am–12:15pm III Pop-Up Program Development: Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Retail Evolution 104AB
11:30am–12:15pm III FRIB Economic Impact Analysis in the Greater Lansing Region 103A
11:30am–12:15pm III Make Art Share Space 103B
12:25–1:25pm Lunch Lunch, Keynote: Ayleen Robainas Barcia (Revitalizing a Historic Downtown: A Cuban Tale) Big Ten C
1:25–1:50pm Lunch Rate the Innovative Ideas: Jennifer Bruen (REI) Big Ten C
2:00–2:45pm IV Engaging Michigan Community Alumni Networks as Catalysts for Development: Leveraging People, Platforms and Places for Michigan’s Transformation 104AB
2:00–2:45pm IV Promotion of Cooperative Enterprises in Distressed Urban and Rural Communities 103A
2:00–2:45pm IV Museo Del Norte, Women’s Welding Workshop 103B
2:00–2:45pm IV Assessing and Improving Bicycle Trails of the Upper Lower Peninsula Heritage
3:00–3:00pm   Networking Break  
3:00–3:45pm V Community Based Investing: Crowdfunding and the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE) 104AB
3:00–3:45pm V Youth Entrepreneurship: A Call to Action 103A
3:00–3:45pm V Site Selector Data Collection and Website Development in the Upper Peninsula 103B
3:45–4:00pm   Networking Break  
4:00–4:30pm Close Michigan Inventors Coalition  
4:30–6:30pm   Reception Red Cedar

Photo of Senator Levin's representative, Melissa Horste, accepting a plaque from MSU CCED Director, Dr. Rex LaMore. Photo of young entrepreneurs promoting their businesses at the Innovate Michigan! Summit on September 4, 2014.

Photo of Innovate Michigan! Summit attendees listening to a presentation by keynote speaker, Ayleen Robainas Barcia. Photo of keynote speaker Ayleen Robainas Barcia presenting at the Innovate Michigan! Summit on September 4, 2014.


Supporters and participating organizations

East Michigan Council of Governments Michigan Inventors Coalition Michigan Municipal League
Michigan State University Public Policy Associates Incorporated University of Michigan
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce Henry Ford Health System Michigan State Housing Development Authority NEMCOG Northern Initiatives
Connect Michigan Michigan Tech MSU Business Connect Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Michigan State University, University Outreach and Engagement Wayne State University