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U.S. EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) Impacts

Each year, the REI sponsors research for economic innovation that will help spur job growth, business development, and help local municipalities. These projects are pitched by individuals with an array of backgrounds to a panel of educators, policymakers, and business people. After all research projects have concluded, the leaders and innovators from across the state gather at the Innovate Michigan! Summit to listen and discuss different solutions.

Below is a report summary from 2013-2023 data highlighting the University Center's impact throughout Michigan and contribution to various areas of the state.



Our Regional Economic Innovation

The University Center for Regional Economic Innovation is a network for bringing innovative ideas to action in Michigan. Throughout the state, our projects have thoughtful expansion and exciting investment. Please view our Storymaps to read more about our projects.

Share your Success!

Every year, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) requires us to record and report the impact of your amazing contributions to improving Michigan’s economy through the MSU EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI), and we would like to request your help in doing so.

Please let us know about the outcomes of projects supported by REI at the survey below. Your responses to this survey will help REI better serve our communities and help innovate the Michigan economy for a brighter future.

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