A Global Review of Innovative Practices in Regional SME Exporting Strategies and Foreign Direct Investment Attraction (2012)

Authors: J.D. Snyder, Kenneth E. Corey, Michigan State University

This Co-Learning Plan describes findings from the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development based on research conducted at a global scale to identify innovative practices in regional exporting strategies and foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction.

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A Study of the Economic Impact of Startup Accelerator Programs (2018)

Authors: Tony Willis, TAAW Consulting; Josie Kennan; Jared Wein, Mozilla

The most common way to define a Startup Accelerator is a fixed-term, cohort based program that includes outlined objectives for the participants, industry expertise (mentorship), educational components, an exchange of funding for equity, and culminating in a "Demo Day." With the...

An Assessment of the Role and Funding of Michigan Regions: A Case for a Demand-Driven Approach (2016)

Authors: Sara Wycoff McCauley & Jillian McLaughlin, Strategic Policy Consultants

Over the coming years, policymakers will face the challenge and opportunity of defining what is next for the state's regional efforts in economic development. This Co-Learning Plan focused on the existence and implication of regional funding models for Michigan. The authors...

Assessment of the Maker Economy in Detroit (2018)

Authors: Robin Boyle, Wayne State University

For many commentating on national trends, the 'maker economy' is a network of inventors, artisans and entrepreneurs dedicated to designing and making, and being committed to the places where they live. The maker economy has been encouraged by and employs new technologies and systems that...

City of Adrian Opportunity Zone Development (2019)

Authors: Mary ZumBrunnen and Chris Miller, City of Adrian

This Co-Learning Plan focused on developing best practices for a small Opportunity Zone within the City of Adrian concentrating on fund development and attraction. Within an Opportunity Zone, investors may receive capital gains relief in low-income census tracts of distressed communities. As...

Community Based Investing: Crowdfunding and the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (2014)

Authors: Angela Barbash, Reconsider

This Co-Learning Plan created a curriculum of investment readiness education and crowdfunding. The curriculum helped businesses in understanding what potential investors will want to know and help them identify the appropriate capital sources for small businesses. It also explained the provisions...

Expanding Economic Literacy by using the Money Smart for Small Business Curriculum (2014)

Authors: Amanda Blondeau, Northern Initiatives

This Co-Learning Plan proposed to develop training videos based on the 10 training areas of the FDIC Money Smart for Small Business program. Assessments were built in and pre/post-tests examined whether...

Geographic Clusters as a Means to Rural Economic Growth Initiative (2013)

Authors: Ralf Wilhelms, Lake Superior State University

This project examines a rural regional cluster in terms of geographical setting rather than in terms of the common industry categorizations. The purpose of this student-led, faculty guided project was to create an online cooperative website to highlight products from Eastern UP manufacturing...

Highlighting the Hustle: Exploring the Underground Economy in Detroit (2018)

Authors: Rita Fields, University of Michigan

Economic development initiatives targeting entrepreneurs have found Detroit to be a ripe breeding ground for talent, and for those entrepreneurs who are able to participate in those programs this has been a time of great fortune. The reality, though, is that these programs are not open to all who...

Impact of Michigan’s “Dark Store” Method of Property Taxation and Potential Solutions (2017)

Authors: Sitou Akibode and Mark Skidmore, Michigan State University

Recent successful big box tax appeals in Michigan have led to halving their tax base. This drastic reduction in the tax base, and consequently tax revenue to local governments, has led to budget shortages in local governments. This study helps not only to understand and assess the impact of the...

Improving TIF Transparency and Accountability: A Consolidated TIF Database for Michigan (2014)

Authors: David Bieri, Ph.D., University of Michigan

The Co-Learning Plan addresses the implementation of a database to track the effects of TIFs, as Dr. Bieri points out; there is an "absence of standardized information for making meaningful fiscal comparisons" in Michigan.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2014

Investing in Community Improvement: Southtown Neighborhood, Grand Rapids (2015)

Authors: McKenna Smith and Kyle Norton, Grand Valley State University

The Seeds of Promise organization and in partnership with Grand Valley State University, tries to empower residents with limited means to create benefit from investing in their community's improvement. This project designed a 'mutual fund' model and deployment strategy for the Seeds...

Marrying Community Benefits and Development Practice (2019)

Authors: Sam Butler, Doing Development Differently in Detroit (D4) and Francis Grunow, Consultant

After exhaustive study and evaluation, D4 has concluded that in order for community benefits to be effective in Michigan, they need to be embedded early in the development process. But how to effect these policies without driving away private investment remains a key question. Building from...

Microenterprise Development in Michigan: Assessing Coverage, Access and Outreach (2012)

Authors: Claire Glenn, Tracy Pierce, Microenterprise Network of Michigan

Microenterprise development supported entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to vibrant neighborhoods, strong communities, and stable local economies. This Co-Learning Plan showcased research assessing Michigan's microenterprise ecosystem and the avenues for entrepreneurs to connect to...

Navigating the Business Permit Process in Detroit (2013)

Authors: Wayne State University

Working in teams, students developed a series of different profiles reflecting a range of small businesses in Detroit. They selected locations and buildings to house and grow their respective businesses then, in a form of role playing, sought out the full range of permits required to start the...

Regional Economic and Business Development Resources Providing a Clear Pathway from Start-Up to Sustainability (2013)

Authors: Matt Matteson, Jim Baker, Jonathan Leinonen, Michigan Tech

Mapping of regional economic and business development resources and gaps with contextual overlay of company stage. This project identified needs and availability of resources for early stage companies. The focus of the project was technology companies in the western Upper Peninsula yet was...