University Center for Regional Economic Innovation

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

REI Update for November, 2014

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Funding for Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects

REI is currently accepting applications from Michigan higher education institutions for funding assistance for their Student-Led, Faculty-Guided projects taking place in Michigan communities during the Spring 2015 semester. Applications are due on Friday, November 14 by 5:00pm.

Economic development and business leaders: Find your local higher education partner today and apply for funding to assist you with a project in your community or region. Don't miss out on this opportunity to leverage our state's vast higher education network to make our communities more economically viable.

Call for Co-Learning Plan Authors

Do you have experience in one or more of the topic areas listed below? If the answer is yes, apply to write a co-learning plan today!

  1. Supporting Michigan "Triple Bottom Line" Businesses
  2. Employer-Led Training Programs
  3. Michigan's Ecotourism Economy
  4. Veteran Employment
  5. Ex-Offenders and Entrepreneurial Force for Local Economies
  6. Urban Grower Co-ops
  7. The Michigan Scrapper Economy
  8. Shared Economy Businesses
  9. Other Idea Not Listed

This is a great opportunity for experts working in entrepreneurship and business development, K-20 education, exporting, IT, policymaking, venture capitalism, scholarly research, civic leadership, urban and regional planning, and economic development. Please consider sharing your expertise to help strengthen Michigan's economy! The findings and recommendations in these co-learning plans, funded through this request, will serve as a source for current and practical information for regions and communities across Michigan. Applications are due on Friday, December 5 by 5:00pm.

REI Videos

Watch these informative and exciting videos about innovative economic development work being done across the state!

Michael Forysth

Great Lakes Regional Training Initiative

The newly-formed Great Lakes Regional Training Initiative would like to hear from you about your economic development training needs. Please take their survey and help them better understand your experiences with, and needs for, economic development training.

Thank You!

In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the REI University Center would like to thank you, the REI Network, for your participation and engagement with our work and for all of the amazing economic development work you do in our great state.

REI Network

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

  • John Critchett
  • Rita Fields
  • Erin Khuhn
  • Jennifer James-Mesloh
  • Ruben Martinez
  • Susan Puska
  • Jeff Whitelow

Social Media and Listserv

Thank you to our REI members who have helped us reach nearly 1,500 followers on our Twitter feed, over 390 members on our LinkedIn group, and over 700 on this ListServ.

Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement

U.S. Economic Development Administration