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

Co-Learning Plan - 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 identified funding tools available in Michigan for regional economic development, performed a comparative analysis with other states, and made recommendations for policymakers based on the findings.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2016

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Sara Wycoff McCauleySara Wycoff McCauley, Strategic Policy Consultants

Sara Wycoff McCauley is the founder and president of Strategic Policy Consultants, an innovative and results oriented policy firm based in Michigan. Sara has dedicated her career to developing and delivering innovative policy solutions. Prior to founding Strategic Policy Consultants, Sara spent five years serving Governor Rick Snyder as his senior strategic policy advisor, working on a broad array of issues including economic and workforce development, community development, health and human services, public safety and veterans affairs. Before joining the Governor’s Office, Sara worked for the Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs as the lead policy advisor. She holds a B.A. in political science from Albion College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Jillian McLaughlinJillian McLaughlin, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Jillian McLaughlin is a New York City-based economic development practitioner. She previously served as a Policy Fellow in the Michigan Governor's Office of Strategic Policy where she focused on the implementation of regional economic development strategies. She began her career at the National Consumer Law Center and has been published on a range of topics affecting low-income families. She earned her Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2015.

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