University Center for Regional Economic Innovation

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

REI Update for February 1, 2013

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Co-Learning Update

Co-learning plan proposals were due on the 25th of January, and we received many unique proposals from an assortment of authors! REI will now begin the selection process with help from our Consultative Panel. Visit the Current Projects page on the REI website this summer to download copies of the 2013 co-learning plans, full of information on how to create new economic development tools and policies in your region or community.

In the News

On January 24th, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, supported by the South Central Michigan Works!, presented the Entrepreneurial Vision Award to an REI network member and inventor, John Hopkins. John has invented a number of medical manufacturing products, and with the help of other inventors started the Jackson Inventor Network. Congratulations John! Click here to read more on MLive.

One of REI's Student Led-Faculty Guided projects was featured in an article by the Lake County Star. A group of Michigan State University Students are teaming up with the business owners and citizens of Idlewild, a historic African American resort community, in order to revitalize the area. The article can be found here.


Join us Friday February 8th, 2013 at 2 PM, as Andrew Morton and Kendrick Jones will talk about the creation of the "State of Emergency," a play written and produced by the Shop Floor Theatre. Get the behind-the-scenes story on how Flint is reacting to their Emergency Manager. For more information about the webinar, click here; for more information about the production, visit

Join us Friday February 15th, 2013 at 10 AM to talk with Forrest Carter, an MSU Professor of Marketing organizing the new MSU and Black Chamber of Commerce iniative "HEROES: Helping Entrepreneurs Revitalize Our Economy & Society." More information regarding this webinar coming soon.

Are You An Inventor?

The Innovate! Michigan Summit will be held in September at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, and REI is looking for Inventors to share their innovative products. If you are interested in being a part of the exhibit please contact REI at with a description of your product and any spatial requirements for your planned exhibit.

Welcome to our Newest Members

We would like to thank the newest additions to the REI Network!

  • Angela Elkordy
  • Martha Campbell
  • Don Kuchnicki
  • Ann Stanford
  • Beth Phillips
  • Brad Kramer

Social Media and Listserv

Thank you to our REI members who have helped us reach over 500 followers on our Twitter feed, 238 members on our LinkedIn group, and over 600 on this ListServ.

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