March 2015 - In This Issue:

REI Update for March, 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."

What's Coming Up

Webinar: Establishing an Entrepreneurial Friendly Region

April 2, 2015 at 2:30pm
This webinar is the first in a training series sponsored by GLRTI, 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.

Are You an Inventor?

REI and the Michigan Inventors Coalition are looking for Michigan garage and basement inventors to share their innovative products and services at the next 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. 

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

Co-Learning Plans

Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects

Funding Opportunity!
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The Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project Application for Summer 2015 is now available! Do you have a project in mind for a student team and a community member? This is your last chance to spring into action. REI will select several Student-Led, Faculty-Guided economic development projects to support this summer. You can find the link to apply on our website. Applications will be due March 27, 2015.


Photo of Map showing 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.

Save the Date!

4th Annual Innovate Michigan! Summit
Innovate MI. Thursday, September 10, 2015. Kellogg Hotel Conference Center.
The Innovate Michigan! Summit will be held September 10, 2015 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Attendees will get the opportunity to hear various speakers talk about innovative economic development tools, models, policies, programs, and practices. Join the vast number of companies, organizations, and individuals to gain a more complete view of the economic climate in Michigan and the driving forces behind it.

Stay tuned for additional information.


Watch how some of REI's Co-Learning Plan authors have impacted Michigan's economy

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MSU Center for Community and Economic Development
1615 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer

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