2023: Making Ends Meet: Women’s Work, the Care Sector and Regional Informal Economies: Detroit

Authors: Dr. Louise Jezierski, Dr. Sejuti Das Gupta

This Co-Learning Plan examines how women workers and employers navigate the informal care and personal service sectors of the Detroit metropolitan region, focusing on immigrant and adjacent neighborhoods. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic-based economic crisis has impacted women with layoffs in service...

2021: WUPPDR Attraction and Retention of Remote Workers

Authors: Abdulla Alzaabi, Jake Desrosiers, Steve Hemgesberg, Kelsie Martin, and Sax Morgan

As part of the 2021 Michigan State Practicum course, this project was completed by undergraduate and graduate students in the Urban and Regional Planning degree program. The Remote Working team worked in partnership...

2021: Making Ends Meet: Women’s Social Capital Development in Regional Informal Economies

Authors: Dr. Louise A. Jezierski and Dr. Sejuti Das Gupta

The project examines how women workers and employers navigate the informal sector of Michigan’s economy. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis has impacted women especially, with layoffs in service sector jobs and women leaving the labor force to care for children. Women engage the...

2020: Northern Michigan University Marquette Area Cost of Living Tool Development

Authors: Ryan Soucy, Carol Johnson, and James Vanderbosch

The Upper Peninsula is a unique place with unique challenges. Talent attraction and retention has long been one of the more prominent challenges. This project started by reviewing current literature on talent attraction efforts, gathered cost of living data in the Marquette, and later, put...

2020: The Role of Local Economic Development Agencies

Authors: Randy Yagiela

The talent disruption experienced by local communities is the number one economic development challenge of our time. Some of the causes of the disruption include a steady decline of the birth rate since 1957,...

2020: Labor & Community Equitable Development Agenda

Authors: Sam Butler

The proposed action plan includes four primary projects designed to infuse more community benefits into Detroit development practice:

  • Advocating for Detroit to adopt an incentive zoning policy
  • Encouraging Detroit to adopt stronger engagement and noticing requirements...

2017: Women Who Weld

Authors: Samantha Farr, Women Who Weld

Samantha Farr, Founder and Instructor to Women Who Weld, will be leading this Innovation Fellowship. Women Who Weld is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, based in Detroit, that teaches unemployed and underemployed women how to weld and find employment in the welding industry. Women Who Weld's 6-week...

2016: Women Who Weld, Part II

Authors: Samantha Farr, Women Who Weld

Access to free or low-cost training programs that teach people skills needed for jobs that offer sustainable wages is critical for both human and economic development in Detroit. Farr provided free training in welding, career development, and communication skills, and hired a co-instructor, Ralph...

2016: Some College?: A Guide to Online Degree Completion for the Michigan Workforce

Authors: Steven Weiland & Alexander C. Gardner, Michigan State University

Over 22% of the Michigan workforce has "some college" but no degree. With the rapid increase of jobs requiring a post-secondary degree, creating programs that encourage the completion of a degree has the potential to improve workplace performance, career development, and the state's...

2016: Connecting Leading Edge Talent Development Strategies with Opportunity Youth

Authors: Steve Bennett, Humanity 2.0

Opportunity Youth, or individuals aged 16-24 who are disconnected from both mainstream employment and a formal education setting, face obstacles that exceed the traditional dynamics associated with unemployment. In this Co-Learning Plan, the author examined the intersection of Evidence-Based...

2015: The Impact of Employer Commitment vs. Workforce Development Training Programs in Michigan

Authors: Marcus Jones, Detroit Training Center

Workforce Development is an important component in Economic Development and a primary focus for Michigan's political leaders. Determining success rates of various workforce Development models is incredibly important in properly spending on workforce programs. The Detroit Training Center...

2014: Youth Entrepreneurship - A Call to Action

Authors: Cheryl Peters & Ocie Irons, Generation E Institute

This Co-Learning Plan discusses how to implement the Generation E model, a five step approach to developing youth entrepreneurship education in your community. Research was done to discover the regions that have the best climate for youth entrepreneurial development and programs will begin...

2015: No Veteran Left Behind

Authors: D. Laurence Rogers

This Co-Learning Plan analyzed the demographics of returning veterans and military retirees, the range of skills these vets possess and the most common obstacles they will encounter. A list of programs serving veterans by state, including financing, training, assistance, etc. was compiled....

2014: Women Who Weld

Authors: Samantha Farr

Women Who Weld, Detroit, MI. This project focused on further developing Women Who Weld, a program designed to teach women how to weld. Samantha Farr, the founder and lead instructor, recruited two women from COTS, the Coalition on Temporary Shelter, and spent a week teaching the two participants...

2014: Forging a Future: Recommendations for Strengthening Detroit's Mt. Elliott Employment District

Authors: Aly Andrews, Aja Bonner, James Carpenter, Cassie DeWitt, Colin Dillon, Myles Hamby, Dustin Hodge, Evan Johnson, Kevin Shelton, Brian Smyser, Allison Sponseller, Liz Treutel, Cheng Wang, Dr. June Manning Thomas, Eric Dueweke, University of Michigan Taubman College

This project focused on real estate, business development, and community engagement/workforce development related to this specific Mt. Elliott industrial area, honing in on certain specific site or nodes within this expanse. Mt. Elliott includes the GM Poletown plan and many other industrial...

2013: Skills Gap or Training Gap? The Role of Manufacturers in Solving the Skills-Gap Problem

Authors: Carolyn Hatch, Michigan State University

This research focuses on the skills gap in the Michigan manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on how producer firms can play a role to address workforce development obstacles by collaborating with institutions and actors in their local supply chains and industrial clusters.


2013: Saginaw Valley State University and City of Saginaw: Forming New Ties for the Future

Authors: Dylan Hellus, Jeremy Killion, Trent Varva, John L. Kaczynski, Saginaw Valley State University

This proposed study examined community service outreach centers (or programs) that are hosted by institutes of higher education in the distressed communities of Detroit, Michigan; Flint, Michigan and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The study will outline the current community based outreach programs...

2013: Online Postsecondary Education for Workforce Development: Net Smart States and Students

Authors: Steve Weiland, Ph.D., Michigan State University Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education

Following up on 2012's Co-Learning Plan, this project built on previous research to develop the concept of "online academic abilities" and how states contribute to such an objective.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2013

2013: Educational Attainment as an Economic Driver for States, Regions, and Communities

Authors: Larry Good & Jeannine M. La Prad, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

This research built on national educational attainment and economic growth research and offers an analysis of Michigan efforts to promote investments in education and training that leads to sub-baccalaureate credentials tied to business and industry needs. It included strategies for increasing...

2013: Digital Literacy: Further Developing Michigan's Twenty-First Century Workforce

Authors: Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan; Elizabeth Riesser, Connected Nation

The purpose of this Co-Learning Plan was to examine the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills or "digital literacy" skills gap and its relationship to workforce and economic development in Michigan.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2013

2012: Pay It Forward Initiative

Authors: Charlie Cavell, Pay It Forward Initiative

The Pay it Forward Initiative connected people to opportunities in our shared communities. PIFI addresses a wide array of life challenges and helps clients overcome these hurdles. Founder Charlie Cavell shares client stories of achievement, disappointment, lessons learned and raises...

2012: Open Educational Resources: Online Learning, OpenCourseWare, and Workforce Development

Authors: Steve Weiland, Ph.D., Michigan State University Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education

Michigan's public postsecondary institutions have long benefited from their constitutional autonomy. But, do the new digital conditions of higher education offer opportunities for innovative forms of collaboration, particularly those promoting degree attainment, and thus work force and...

2012: Linking Education and Economic Development

Authors: Steve Gerhart, Lexie McGillis, Mike Sullivan, Wayne State University

This report explored an increase in educational attainment through academic programs, mentoring, and internships to improve the workforce and increase economic development activities.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2012

2012: Internship Programs for Distressed Communities

Authors: John L. Kaczynski, Saginaw Valley State University

This Co-Learning Plan introduced new knowledge about internship programs in distressed communities. It examines best practices for creating internship programs that work with community development organizations and relates them back to Mr. Kaczynski's personal experiences at Saginaw Valley...