University Center for Regional Economic Innovation

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

REI Update for April, 2014

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Upcoming Webinars

Montcalm Business Incubator Study

Wednesday, April 30, 2:00-3:00pm

Davia Downey, Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Grand Valley State University, will be joining us to talk about her unique project, which gives students the opportunity to identify economic development trends in Montcalm and Ionia counties. The information gathered will provide data for a feasibility study focusing on a possible business incubator shared between the two counties.

Action Plan for Employment District: Mt. Elliott

Tuesday, May 6, 10:00-11:00am

June Thomas, Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, led a student team on a project to examine real estate, business development, and community engagement/workforce development issues related to a Mt. Elliott industrial area, focusin on specific sites or nodes within this expanse. Mt. Elliott includes the GM Poletown Plant and many other industrial firms located in the city of Detroit.


Thursday, May 8, 2:00-3:00pm

Steven Mankouche, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan, will discuss the Afterhouse in Detroit. Like too many Detroit houses irreparably damaged by disuse, vandalism, and fire, the house at 3347 Burnside must come down, but rather than razing it and leaving fallow land, a group of students, artists, architects, and urban farmers are deconstructing the house and reusing the foundation to build a semi-subterranean passive geothermal greenhouse. Afterhouse will be a model and prototype for developing an economically viable kit that can be used with other abandoned house foundations throughout Detroit.

In case you missed past REI webinars, recordings are available for viewing on the REI Webinars page.

REI in the News

A new type of crowd-funding is exploding in popularity across the state of Michigan. Called locavesting, this innovative fund-sourcing tool captures local passion and turns it into start-up capital. This method of obtaining capital has gained serious traction in Michigan, and Governor Snyder has taken steps to protect the opportunities that it offers. He passed the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE) Law, which will allow startups to obtain capital through local sources, while providing local investors with a return on their investment. Businesses are already taking advantage of this law.

For the whole story, check out the REI News page.

Save the Date

The Innovate Michigan! Summit will be held on September 4th, 2014 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Attendees will participate in co-learning plan sessions to learn about various new innovative economic development tools, models, policies, programs and practices and will hear about the latest student-led, faculty-guided economic development projects.

Michigan Garage and Basement Inventors

REI and the Michigan Inventors Coalition are looking for Michigan garage and basement inventors to share their innovative products and services at the 2014 MIC Expo. Attendees will meet Michigan garage and basement inventors, hear about their latest inventions, see their products, and find out how the discovery-to-market process works in Michigan. To learn more about the Expo, check out last year's video.

If you are interested in exhibiting or would like more information, please contact MIC at

REI Network

We would like to welcome the newest additions to the REI Network:

  • Amanda Bondeau
  • Jessica Daniel
  • Amanda Dumond
  • Elizabeth Garlow
  • Malcomb Hardy
  • Edward Lorenz
  • Patrick McRae
  • James Smiertka
  • Stacey Tadgerson

We invite you to meet our REI Consultative Panel; we rely on their support.

Social Media and Listserv

Thank you to our REI members who have helped us reach nearly 900 followers on our Twitter feed, over 360 members on our LinkedIn group, and over 700 on this ListServ.

Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement

U.S. Economic Development Administration