Share, Learn, Create Innovative Economic Development Ideas!
diverse and dynamic network developing innovative economic development
ideas, tools, models, policies, and practices for Michigan."
The 6 Co-Learning Plan projects are off to a great start. For more information on each project, check out our current project
page on the REI Center website.
- Some College? A Guide to Online Degree Completion for the Michigan Workforce - Steven Weiland & Alex Gardner
- An Assessment of the Development of a Sustainable Ecotourism Alliance Organization (SEAO) for Munising, Michigan - David Kronk & Scott Jordan
- Women Who Weld - Samantha Farr & Ralph Taylor
- Using Virtual Human Resource Management Services to Help Small to Medium Sized Farms Identify, Train and Retain Employees - Kristine Ranger, Bill Knapp & Jodi Schafer
- Funding Models to Support Regional Economic Prosperity - Sara McCauley & Jillian McLaughlin
- Connecting Leading Edge Talent Development Strategies with Opportunity Youth - Steve Bennett
Student-Led Faculty-Guided Projects
Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project Summer Application for 2016 is now
available! Do you have a project in mind for a student team and a
community? REI will select several SLFG economic development projects to support this summer. You can find the link to apply on our website. Applications are due March 25, 2016. For more information about the application process, click here.
Faculty-Guided projects provide assistance to Michigan communities in
completing local and regional economic development initiatives. Work is
completed by students at colleges and universities throughout the state,
under the supervision of experienced faculty.
REI 2016 Innovate Michigan! Summit
Save the date! The 5th annual Innovate Michigan! Summit will be on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. This is a full day
event at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.
Come learn, share, and create innovative economic development tools,
models, policies, and programs. To see what we did last year watch the Summit 2015 Recap!
REI Impact: Successful REI-Funded Projects Throughout Michigan
Cody-Rouge:Going Green for Growth
Going Green for Growth project conducted by Wayne State University
Master of Urban Planning students and three of their professors aimed to
improve the health of the Joy-Southfield population and to ultimately
transform the community into the "greenest neighborhood in Detroit".
Cody-Rouge Business Association (CRBA) has been formed and is now
taking steps toward fulfilling recommendations outlined in the report.
Mr. Gasaway reports that since the project's completion, over
$50,000,000 has been invested in the neighborhood, new football and
track facilities, school renovations, and updated parks are only a few
of the recent improvements. Recently, Verndale Products Inc. opened
their second Detroit based operation in the neighborhood, investing an
estimated $20,000,000 in the green industry build to renovate the
building that had been sitting vacant for 15 years. The JSCDC is now
working with Eastern Michigan University to create a marketing,
advertising, and social media strategy to continue attracting new green
Skills Gap or Training Gap? The Role of Manufacturers in Solving the Skills-Gap Problem
"Skills Gap or Training Gap?" Co-Learning Plan, authored by Dr. Carolyn
Hatch in 2013 was an investigation into the cause of the Skills gap
problem. While manufacturing continues to be a catalyst in Michigan's
industrial economy, manufacturing companies are finding it more and more
difficult to find specialized skilled labor.
completing her Co-Learning Plan, Dr. Hatch has built a cross-state team
of community development extension professionals and succeeded in
securing a $60,000 grant from the Rural Futures Institute. The grant has
allowed her team to embark on a two year project intended to research
best practices in community-based rural skills development in an age of
reshoring. The two year project will be completed in June 2016, and will
address ways to combat the skills gap issue. Dr. Hatch's team is
working on an in depth website that will feature data from her project.
Her webinar continues to be one of the most frequently viewed videos on
the MSU CCED YouTube channel. Overall, this Co-Learning Plan resulted in
a greater awareness of the importance of attracting and retaining
manufacturing talent through competitive wages and other non-monetary
benefits such as opportunities for in-house training, upskilling, job
rotation, and stable, high quality employment opportunities.
research focuses on the skills gap in the Michigan manufacturing
sector, with an emphasis on how producer firms can play a role to
address workforce development obstacles by collaborating with
institutions and actors in their local supply chains and industrial