Locavesting Leading to Prosperity in Michigan

April 1, 2014

Locavesting is a type of crowd-funding that has the potential to provide a local capital pool to support local and regional economic development. Through locavesting, research has been conducted that has shown that in order to have a successful...

Detroit Pop-Up Program Finding Permanence

March 1, 2014

The pop-up businesses frenzy is leading to some retail permanence for branches of pop-up retailers in both the downtown and neighborhoods of Detroit. A diverse variety of small businesses such as a clothier, toy shop, indie movie theatre and...

The Olympics, Economic Development and Mega Events

February 1, 2014

Michigan State University is pleased to offer a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the Winter Olympics. Students will explore the many dimensions of mega-events - history, culture, politics,...

Second Annual Innovate Michigan! Summit

August 1, 2013

Our second annual Innovate Michigan! Summit was a huge success! We couldn't have done it without all of our sponsors, presenters, moderators, panel members, staff and, of course, all 150 of our attendees. Thank you for helping...

Innovative Online Economic Development Tools

June 1, 2013

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has supported the creation of 3 innovative online tools for economic development and comprehensive planning that allow the measurement of economic, environmental, and social impact, as well as the...

The Emergence of Open Online Courses

May 1, 2013

The changing environment in American universities is causing a shift in how students may approach courses. According to an article in the New York Times on April 29, 2013 (

Michigan Water Levels

March 1, 2013

Michigan's water levels are reaching record lows and pose a dangerous threat to the fishing and tourist industries for our coastal communities. While the state government has