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REGISTRATION is now OPEN for the 2024 Innovate Michigan! Summit, held at the Kellogg Conference Center on Thursday, August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join us for presentations surrounding innovative economic development tools, models, programs, and policies from around the state, including our 2024 Project Series. The 2024 Michigan Inventor's Coalition (MIC) will also have its Inventors Expo! MSU REI helped seed MIC, and each year both the Summit and Expo are held concurrently.

This year's keynote speaker will be Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow, Economic and Community Development Chair. Senator McMorrow is Senate Majority Whip and is currently serving her second term in the Michigan Senate. REI will communicate additional information on this in the weeks ahead. Take time to check out the working agenda and click on the image above or the button below to REGISTER!

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Meet the New REI Consultative Panelist

As experts, Consultative Panelists counsel and advise the REI University Center faculty and staff on the overall project objectives and scope of work, this includes the development and selection of Co-Learning Plans. 

Richard Wooten, District 11 Director with Michigan State University Extension

Richard Wooten is one of two District 11 Directors with Michigan State University Extension where he provides leadership for MSU Extension staff in Wayne County. Prior to accepting this position, he was an MSU Extension Educator working in Government and Public Policy. He was formally the Wayne County Extension Director until his role changed in July 2010. Before returning to work with MSU Extension in 2005, Mr. Wooten was a Planning Director for more than seven years in two different communities, Inkster Michigan and Albany Georgia. He was also a Senior Planner with the City of Detroit. Mr. Wooten holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University.      

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