EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

The WebPolis Consortium (2012)

Project Details

Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project - 2012

Author: Norman Tyler, Institute for Geospatial Research and Education, Eastern Michigan University

Summary

A varied array of local economic development policies and programs are available to local Michigan communities, but local leaders can be confused about how they can be utilized in their own community. One way to solve for this was through use of online resources.  A suite of online applications for use by local governments was developed by faculty at Eastern Michigan University in conjunction with test communities and is known as the CityHallCommons (formerly WebPolis) Consortium. The available applications include a community discussion forum, online surveys, real estate financial analysis, loan and grant search engine, and a template for an online community newsletter. One of the most requested modules for the CityHallCommons Consortium was a local economic development application. This experience offered them a hands-on opportunity to better understand this knowledge through assisting in the development of a significant tool of local economic development.