University Center for Regional Economic Innovation

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

REI Update for October 19, 2012

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REI Webinars, Co-learning Plans, and Summit Presentations are now available on the REI website!

If you were unable to attend the Summit, are new to REI and would like to learn more, or want to share this year's co-learning plans with others, you can find all of the materials and presentations from the 2012 Innovate Michigan! Summit at!

Idea Feedback Survey

Innovate Michigan! Summit participants identified a number of issues facing our state. Now it's your turn to let us know what you think of them. Take our quick survey now! The deadline is Wednesday, October 24th.

Join Paul Zingerman for a workshop!

Capital Area Local First (CALF) and East Lansing Food Co-op (ELFCO) are pleased to welcome noted entrepreneur, Paul Saginaw, co-founder of Ann Arbor based Zingerman's to Lansing to share his insights and experience in developing both a thriving local business and a network of businesses committed to the community they work and live in.

The event will be held October 30 at 6:00-7:30pm at the East Lansing Food Co-op (ELFCO) at 4960 Northwind Drive in East Lansing.

Help a Fellow REI Member

Huron & Sanilac EDC is seeking resources for starting an L3C corporation! Sample documents on establishing an L3C, templates or other resources would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks,
Carl Osentoski
Huron & Sanilac EDC

*Please copy on all responses

Student-Led, Faculty-Guided, Technical Assistance Projects

REI is still accepting applications for innovative student-led, faculty-guided, feasibility studies and technical assistance projects from colleges and universities across Michigan!

Apply Now!

Spring 2013 Semester applications are due November 16th, 2012!

Congratulations to the most recent Technical Assistance Project awardees!

Michigan State University - Charles Nelson

Through this project graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies at MSU will update the Perry Community Outdoor Recreation Plan. Updating the plan will allow the City of Perry to apply for grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund acquisition, Michigan Recreation Passport, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The students will create a written plan that includes: Community Description Administrative Structure Recreation Inventory Resource Inventory Description of the Planning Process Description of the Public Input Process Goals and Objectives Action Program.

University of Michigan, Flint - Kendrick Jones

This project, Shop Floor Theatre Company, will form a new ensemble-based theatre company that will continue to create original, community based theatre that creatively responds to urgent issues facing the city of Flint and surrounding communities. The aim is to create original and transformative theatre with and for people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds. Shop Floor will utilize verbatim theatre and other community-centered techniques to create work that represents diverse voices and opinions, encourages civic dialogue and engagement, and promotes social and political change. Following each performance will be a community dialogue facilitated by one of our ensemble members or community partners.

Social Media

Thank you to our REI members who have helped us reach over 390 followers on our Twitter feed, 190 members on our LinkedIn group, and over 500 on this ListServ.

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