April 2015 - In This Issue:

REI Update for April, 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: Impact Assessment of Pollution in Southwest Detroit

Speaker: Dr. Phillip Olla

April 28, 2015 at 2:00pm

This project was an impact study of the health and economic costs of pollution in Southwest Detroit. The main objective of the study was to apply existing knowledge and evidence about health impacts in Southwest Detroit to specific social and community contexts.

Dr. Phillip Olla is a Professor of Management Information Systems, and the Director for the center of Research at Madonna University. His primary focus area is the convergence of telecommunication and healthcare innovations.

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What's Coming Up

Webinar: Family-Owned Business Database for Great Lakes Region

Speaker: Dr. Rama Yelkur

May 5, 2015 at 2:00pm

Family businesses remain a vital force for innovation, job creation, and community development in Michigan. The Saginaw Valley State University Family Business program proposes to create a comprehensive database of family-owned businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Region and surrounding counties.

Rama Yelkur is Dean & Professor at the College of Business & Management at Saginaw Valley State University. She holds a doctorate from Mississippi State University. She has extensive consulting experience in Sports Marketing, Advertising and Sponsorships with organizations such as Kimberly Clark, NBC Universal and the NFL. She is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and is active in many other organizations.

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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 info@grinventors.org.

New REI Members

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

  • Tyler Tulluch
  • Mary ZumBrunnen
  • Mark C. Lewis
  • Andrew Bennetts
  • Tyler DeBrabander
  • Shataura Clayborne

Co-Learning Plans

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REI has selected 6 Co-Learning plans that are currently underway! For more information on each project, check out our current project page on the REI Center website or simple click below.

The 2nd draft for Co-Learning Plans are due April 24, 2015. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Bruen at bruenjen@msu.edu.

Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects

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Congratulations to the two Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects selected for Spring 2015:

  • Lawrence Technological University - A generative NZE infrastructure project
  • Michigan State University - A blight elimination and zoning strategy project
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Placemaking and Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects


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.

Learn More

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

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