February 2015 - In This Issue:
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REI Update for February, 2015

Share, Learn, Create Innovative Economic Development Ideas!

"A diverse and dynamic network developing innovative economic development ideas, tools, models, policies, and practices for Michigan."

New REI Members

We would like to welcome the newest additions to the REI Network!
  • Justin Horvath
  • Diane Baumgartner
  • James Ahee
  • Elizabeth Masserang
  • Heidi Isakson
  • William Largent
  • Mike Hilfinger
  • Anne Couture
  • Kenneth Andejeski
  • Ian Clark
  • Luann Harden
  • Susan Puska
  • Linda Daichendt

What's Coming Up

Establishing an Entrepreneurial Friendly Region Webinar

April 2, 2015 at 2:30pm
This webinar is the first in a training series sponsored by the Great Lakes Regional Training Initiative, a collaboration between six University Centers of the Great Lakes Region to support regional economic development. This webinar will look at the aspects of entrepreneurship ecosystems and provide insights into specific elements that are of interest to the Great Lakes region. Beginning with the national and international frameworks for assessing entrepreneurial ecosystems, we will then take a closer took at the role of scale and setting in determining critically-needed infrastructure and services for entrepreneurs. At the end of this webinar, you will be equipped with new ideas and case studies to help you facilitate and guide entrepreneurial growth and success in your region.

Webinar Registration Coming Soon.

SAVE THE DATE: 4th Annual Innovate Michigan! Summit

September 10, 2015

Share, Learn, Create Innovative Economic Ideas!

Stay tuned for additional information.

Co-Learning Plans

young entrepreneur handing out his homemade granola bars to a bystander Co-Learning Plan proposals were due in December. We received 12 unique proposals from authors all over the state working in an assortment of professions. REI selected 4 of the most innovative and promising of projects to support this year. Congratulations to:

Click here to read descriptions for the Spring 2015 Co-Learning Plans.

Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects

The City of Frankfort's pier safety sign Congratulations to the two Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects selected for Spring 2015:
  • Lawrence Technological University - A generative NZE infrastructure project
  • Muskegon County Land Bank Authority - A blight elimination and zoning strategy project
Click here to apply for the Summer 2015 Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Technical Assisance. Applications will be due March 27, 2015.


outline of all of the Great Lakes States The EDA University Centers in the Chicago Region recently initiated the Great Lakes Regional Training Initiative (GLRTI) to assist regions in the six states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin by promoting technical and training assistance needs. 
Take Our Survey
GLRTI makes valuable university resources available and provides training programs to economic development professionals in all six states.To accomplish this, gaps between currently available training and the needs of practitioners must be identified. Please take GLRTI's brief survey (5-10 minutes) by clicking here, to assist in identifying training needs and to lend your voice to shaping this new regional initiative.


Watch how some of REI's Co-Learning Plan authors have impacted Michigan's economy
Check out  REI's Pop Up Business Model Video
 Pop Up Business Model Video

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