University Center for Regional Economic Innovation

Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development & U.S. Economic Development Administration

REI Update for May 7, 2012

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Funding Opportunity

In the winter of 2012, the REI Network submitted more than twenty innovative economic development ideas and topics of interest. The REI team, in consultation with the Consultative Panel and key partners, evaluated the ideas and selected the most promising. In the next phase of the REI cycle, we are calling for authors and experts to research and develop these topics into co-learning plans and webinars, and prepare presentations for the Innovate Michigan! Summit on Thursday, September 6, 2012.

Are you an expert on one of the following current topics that we're working on?

  • Young Professional Attraction and Retention
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Strategies to Support State and Local Microenterprise Development
  • Innovation Brokering
  • Internship Programs in Distressed Communities
  • Cooperative and Business Incubators
  • Exporter Networking Events and Programs
  • Entrepreneurial Curriculum for Secondary Education
  • Economic Development and Small Business Coordination
  • Business Dream to Business Reality

Are you interested in authoring a co-learning plan? Apply now!

Practicum Projects Completed

Congratulations to Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University student practicum project teams for successfully completing your feasibility studies/practicum projects! You can read the reports and view the presentations on the Current Projects page at

Social Media Guides

If you're having trouble with our Twitter feed or LinkedIn group, please check out our Introduction to Twitter and Introduction to LinkedIn for detailed instructions on how to set up an account and ways to use those services.

Project Status

We are presently seeking authors and partners for co-learning plans. If you are interested, please read the project descriptions and fill out the application on the 2012 Call for Authors for Co-Learning Plans page.

Project Timeline

Member Recognition

Thank you to all of our Innovative Idea submitters:

  • Dr. Robin Boyle
  • Dan Casey
  • Charlie Cavell
  • Bonnie Fahoome
  • Mary Fayerweather
  • Andrew Fudalla
  • Claire Glenn
  • Dierdre Green
  • Mayor George Heartwell
  • Jim Hettinger
  • Don Kuchnicki
  • Thomas Nathe
  • Michael Nielsen
  • Susan Pigg
  • Mike Polzin
  • Margaret Priest
  • Joel Rash
  • Eric Schertzing
  • Don Schurr
  • Jeffrey Smith
  • Mayor Dayne Walling
  • Joel Welty
  • G. James Zelleyu

Save the Date

Thursday, September 6, 2012: Innovate Michigan! Summit at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, MI.

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