October 2015 - In This Issue:

REI Update for October, 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."

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Spring 2015 Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project Solicitation

REI is currently soliciting new applications for winter Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects. To learn more about REI projects or apply, click here

Idea Ratings

At the Innovate Michigan! Summit we asked the participants to rate a series of recently proposed ideas and were able to show the results in real-time.


If you have an idea for a solution to an economic development issue, visit reicenter.org or tweet #Ideas4MI to submit your idea!

John Melcher and Jennifer Bruen standing next to the Keynote speaker, Nailah Brown
John Schweitzer interviewing summit  attendee

Press Room

Take a look at our 40 seconds of fame on WLNS Lansing News.


Summit Recap

4th Annual Innovate Michigan! Summit

If we missed you at the Innovate Michigan! Summit, don't worry -- we've got you covered! Our 4th annual summit was a huge success, and guests left feeling energized about the future of Michigan's economic innovation and growth. 

The palpable enthusiasm at the event confirmed to us the need for a bigger push to support developing innovative economic development ideas in our Great Lakes region. We hope you'll be a part of that effort. 

Don't forget to check out our Summit Recap video below!

Thank you to all the presenters and moderators who made the Summit possible!
  • Joel Arnold
  • Callie Lama Sign-in registration booth at this year's summit
  • Sue Pigg
  • Phillip Olla
  • Ruben Martinez
  • Terry Link
  • Bill Stough
  • Arnold Weinfeld
  • Steven Mankouche
  • Bob Brown
  • Norman Christopher
  • McKenna Smith
  • Mayor Dayne Walling
  • George Berghorn
  • Mark Wilson
  • Eric Frederick
  • Jennifer James-Mesloh
  • Rama Yelkur
  • Zackary Gibson Best of Show Panel at this year's summit
  • Marcus Jones
  • Yvette Ruffin
  • Scott Jordan
  • Naheed Huq
  • Rita Fields
  • Steve Weiland
  • Laurence Rogers
  • Dave Bee
  • Kara Wood
  • Constance Bodurow
  • Dennis West
And a special thank you to our Keynote Speaker, Nailah Ellis-Brown, who shared some innovation and creativity advice and success stories!

"Sold, not told"

Co-Learning Plans

Completed Reports

Image of an idea
Credit: General Services Administration

Check out REI's Co-Learning Plans. Learn more about the Summit presenter's projects and share them!

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Student-Led, Faculty-Guided

The SLFG project report on "Blight Elimination in Muskegon Heights" has just been uploaded. Read it today and share!


This video features an overview of REI. This video was used in this years University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Awards Showcase. REI was one of this year's UEDA Award of Excellence finalists, where university centers are recognized for their leading edge initiatives in the areas of: Community-Connected Campus, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Collaboration, Research and Analysis, and Talent Development.
Overview of REI

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