2023: Benefits of Worker-Owned Cooperative Business Development for Low-Income Residents in Michigan

Authors: Margo Dalal

Introducing incentive and support programs for worker ownership in Michigan can preserve local jobs as business owners retire and increase wealth-building opportunities in low-income communities statewide. Although there is ample research to support the economic and social benefits of work...

2023: Collaborative Partnership Models: A Case for Increased Capacity and Efficiency

Authors: Robert Carson

Collaboration across levels of government is perceived to provide economic and community-wide benefits. Inherent capacity issues, particularly in rural communities are thought to be a hindrance to development application review, approval and permitting processes, further compounded by the...

2023: Opportunity or Betrayal?: The Promise and Perils of Electric Mobility

Authors: Mark Wilson, Dr. Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani, Shane Wilson

The growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) carries many potential benefits for sustainability and mobility, yet not all residents and communities may benefit equally. New technologies disrupt current systems and behaviors that may include uneven impacts on communities based on income, race,...

2020: Urban Planning Techniques and Sustainable Design for Autonomous Vehicles

Authors: Dana Dake

This project will shed new light on autonomous vehicles and the impacts that such a new form of mobility will present in many different ways. The research completed during this project will analyze sustainable design and urban planning techniques that are involved in the development of autonomous...

2019: Integration of Online Market Place and Main Street in Michigan Communities: Drivers, Impacts, and Policy Implications

Authors: Peilei Fan, MSU Urban Planning

Against the reshuffled retailing landscape and the decline of traditional retailers, a hybrid strategy of combining online market place with main street, or dubbed as “click-and-mortar” electronic commerce, has gained increasing traction as a local proactive strategy due to benefits...

2017: The Fledge

Authors: Jerry Norris, The Fledge

The Fledge is examining the validity of a private, for-profit business incubator. By studying the revenue and equity sharing model being used at the Grand Ledge Fledge, LLC., this Co-Learning Plan will produce recommendations on how to develop sustainable practices for a successful incubator...

2017: Successful Innovative Ideas in Rural Areas

Authors: Marv Pichla, Inspiring Innovation LLC

This project will create a cooperative set of practices and initiatives to encourage entrepreneurial activity in Briley Township. Specifically, it will produce a Guide Book for Community Enhancement that will establish a formalized, user-friendly process for encouraging the identification and...

2016: Flint City Pop-Up

Authors: Joel Rash, Red Ink Flint

A city like Flint presents tremendous challenges to young people trying to start their own businesses. Yet Flint City Pop-Up worked to support emerging entrepreneurs through a combination of monthly meetings, regular pop-up shop opportunities, and hands-on mentoring. This strategy is...

2014: Research on the Viability of the Pop-Up Business Model in Metropolitan Detroit

Authors: Rita Fields, Madonna University

This project focused on a recent trend of utilizing pop up retail as an economic development strategy, specifically in Detroit. The project involved a data collection process and engagement process to utilize information from past pop up events for the planning and implementation of a pop up...

2014: Pop-Up Program Development

Authors: Michael Forsyth, Detroit Economic Growth Association, REVOLVE Detroit

This Co-Learning Plan focused on the tangible tasks, challenges, and best practices associated with development and management of pop-up programs in Detroit and around the nation. Using 'REVOLVE Detroit' as a model, Forsyth highlights best practices and challenges.


2014: Engaging Michigan Community Alumni Networks as Catalysts for Development: Leveraging People, Platforms and Places for Michigan's Transformation

Authors: Elizabeth Garlow, Michigan Corps; Mayor Dayne Walling, Flint Club Founder

While focusing on how Michigan expatriates can play a role in revitalizing Michigan's urban economies, this plan outlined the untapped potential of and strategies for engaging alumni in tangible efforts that support cutting edge economic development and job creation, primarily through...

2014: Arts Incubators and Makerspaces

Authors: Ben Fraser, David Hendrixon, Conor Ott, Binyu Wang, Eric Wedesky, Lindsay Westin, Michigan State University

Alternative economic development methods like a makerspace or arts incubator are necessary to enhance current development and encourage innovation. This report examined the feasibility of implementing creative spaces in Benton Harbor with the goal of increasing social capital within the area....

2014: Accelerating Capital: Growing the Greater Lansing Region and Investment through Rare Isotopes

Authors: Parrisa Brown, Cal Coplai, Kyle J. Haller, David Kort, Seungjae Lee, Charisma Thapa, Michigan State University

This project involved an assessment of economic/entrepreneurial/ community impacts and opportunities created by the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at MSU, and collected data and reported on existing particle accelerator facilities to recommend potential strategies and best practices to...

2013: Michigan Garage and Basement Inventors: Advancing Michigan's Economy

Authors: John Hopkins, Michigan Inventors Coalition

Interviews of Michigan Inventors revealed several processes inventors might engage in to take their idea to market. This Co-Learning Plan highlighted the lack of support for those inventors not associated with a college or university and expanded on recommendations for how to assist...

2013: Innovation 5: An Approach to Advancing Economic Development through Entrepreneurship, STEM Promotion and Fostering Innovation and Collaboration

Authors: Thomas Deits, Ph.D., Impression 5

Delivering advanced manufacturing tools as public resources for communities and utilizing them in formal and informal STEM education opportunities will promote economic growth through learning applicable skills.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2013

2013: A Creative and Innovative Culture

Authors: Kimberly Kleinhans, Michigan Dance Council (Wayne State University)

Arts Councils in Michigan are considered potential facilitators of increased innovation and creative thinking. This Co-Learning Plan too information collected through surveys, cataloguing, and mapping to identify the appropriate strategies to utilize their potential, based on the...

2012: Innovation Mosaic L3C

Authors: Charles Biggers, Robert Kling, Martha Schlesinger, David Silver, Wayne State University

This report explored key factors and elements found in successful efforts to stimulate and revitalize economic activity, with a focus on a model that is entrepreneurially themed, technologically facilitated, philosophically supportive of the "Triple Bottom Line", and stimulates...

2012: Arts and Culture Policy and Creative Placemaking in Detroit

Authors: Kimberly Kleinhans, Kevin McAlpine, Crystal McLain, Adam Miller, Carly Shapiro, Wayne State University

This report focused on arts and culture policy and creative placemaking. It was an investigation of community-based arts and culture in Detroit and its economic benefits, with recommendations to foster creative placemaking.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2012

2012: Building a Creative Services Incubator: A Lesson on Developing Collaborative Relationships Across Diverse Stakeholders

Authors: Victoria Bennett, Washtenaw Community College

By examining a successful case of collaboration to develop an incubator, Bennett created a report which identified key factors necessary to encourage a healthy and sustainable partnership between a diverse group of private and public administrations.

Project Updated As Of September...