June 2015 - In This Issue:

REI Update for June, 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

New REI Co-Implementation Project: Flint

REI has piloted a new project to develop strategic partnerships between Co-Learning Plan authors and communities across Michigan. This project will help form cooperation that will build and strenghten the partnerships that lead to the implementation of an innovative strategy for economic growth.

Congratulations to the Flint community for taking on this pilot project! The two Co-Implementation Plans are as follows:

Plan 1: Flint Aquaponic Network

Goal: Maintain community stability and stimulating community economic development.

Strategy: Bring together partners to co-create a grassroots entrepreneurial structure and process that will allow ex-offenders and other low income individuals to learn how to grow and bundle a package of aquaponic products in a makerspace that will produce a living wage and then operationalize their businesses within afterhouses.

Plan 2: Youth Entrepreneurship and Flint City Pop-Ups

(Red Ink Flint and Metro Community Development)

Goal: To create a pipeline for entrepreneurial youth with multiple entry points and several outcomes.

Strategy: The education and support program will target high school students and disconnected youth 16-24 who are interested in starting their own businesses. Flint City Pop-Up will engage the more advanced youth entrepreneurs, as well as start-ups in the commuinty who will benefit from intermediary step of having a temporary space to do business in.

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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.

Co-Learning Plans

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Co-Learning Plans are into the final stretch! Authors have finished their second drafts and will be completing the final drafts soon.

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Student-Led, Faculty-Guided

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Solicitation for new Student-Led, Faculty-Guided projects started on June 1st. Apply now for Fall funding! Selection is a competitive process. These projects leverage higher education resources to help distressed cities and regions, while also educating students about techniques and ideas in the field of economic development.

REI typically funds ten or more semester-long projects each year. Students are expected to write a report, conduct a webinar, and present at the annual Innovate Michigan! Summit.

Summer 2015 SLFG projects have been selected! Congratulations to:

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If you missed a webinar, don't fret! Check out the Webinar Series page on the REI website for recordings of past presentations.

Catch up on the most recent webinars:

Save the Date!

4th Annual Innovate Michigan! Summit
Innovate MI. Thursday, September 10, 2015. Kellogg Hotel and 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.

Registration for summit will be open on our website later this June. Save the date for Thursday, September 10 and register early! 

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This video features clips from webinars conducted by collaborators with REI at Michigan State University, also in affiliation with the US Economic Development Administration.
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