University Center for Regional Economic Innovation

Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development & U.S. Economic Development Administration

REI Update for March 1, 2013

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Save the Date!

The date of our Innovate Michigan! Summit has changed from September 5th to September 4th, 2013. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Co-Learning Update

In winter 2012-2013, the MSU EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) sponsored a call for co-learning plans on the economic development issues facing our regions and the strategies, tools, models, policies and programs we may need to solve them. We received 18 proposals in response. As we had hoped, we heard from established Michigan leaders in the field as well as many new voices. We heard from economic developers, university professors, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, community development organizations, architects, workforce development firms, and many others all working to improve the economy of Michigan.

Each proposal was reviewed by a panel of experts from the REI Network, and eight were selected. The panel looked for co-learning plan proposals that covered a broad range of topics, were forward thinking, and presented new ideas.

We hope that with each annual call for proposals, REI's Network will identify the most difficult issues Michigan is facing and will recruit the most innovative thinkers to find solutions. Both in 2012 and in 2013 we believe that we have achieved that goal, and we thank the many authors who took the time to submit proposals. We will begin to work with our selected 2013 authors this spring and summer and we invite you to read co-learning plans from last year while you wait for this year's projects to be completed. We encourage you to share the co-learning plans with others and continue the conversation in your community, region, or organization.

To learn about the new set of co-learning plans, click here.


Join us on March 13th at 10:00 a.m. as Gerald D. Charbonneau, Julie A. Pulgini, Aaron Guay, and Charles Derry from Madonna University will conduct a webinar about a documentary that investigates the socioeconomic impact of urban gardening and small scale farming initiatives in underserved communities.

To learn more about this webinar and how to participate click here.

Are You An Inventor?

The Innovate! Michigan Summit will be held on September 4th, 2013 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, and REI is looking for inventors to share their innovative products and services. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact REI at with a description of your product or service and any space requirements for your exhibit. Donít forget to check back on the REI website in April for the official online exhibit application.

Welcome to our Newest Members

We would like to thank the newest additions to the REI Network!

  • Binyu Wang
  • Sarah Murray
  • Justin Evans
  • Hubert Brandon

Social Media and Listserv

Thank you to our REI members who have helped us reach over 500 followers on our Twitter feed, 250 members on our LinkedIn group, and over 600 on this ListServ.

Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement

U.S. Economic Development Administration