2014-15 Project Year Status

January 1, 2015

REI would like to thank all of our 2015 Co-Learning Plan author applicants. We received a number of promising proposals and are excited to announce the selection of the following Co-Learning Plan authors and topics:

  • Marcus Jones,...

Calling for Co-Learning Plan Authors!

November 1, 2014

A new year is quickly approaching, and with it comes a new set of projects. Each year, REI funds up to 10 Co-Learning Plans which explore various tools, models, policies and practices that could improve Michigan's economy. Application for the...


July 1, 2014

We need you to submit your ideas to revitalize and strengthen Michigan's economy! These ideas can be tools, models, policies, or programs that improve the lives and business opportunities of those in...

MakerSpace Success Story

July 1, 2014

At REI, we have seen outstanding success from many of our Co-Learning Plans. Among the most notable is Cristina Benton's

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,...