Share, Learn, Create Innovative Economic Development Ideas!
and dynamic network that develops and implements innovative economic
development ideas, tools, models, policies, and practices for Michigan.
Save the Date for the 2017 Innovate Michigan! Summit
on September 15th, 2017 for our annual Innovate Michigan! Summit, in
East Lansing Michigan. Learn, share and create innovative economic
development tools, models, policies and programs. Hear what our
different Co-Learning plan authors have researched and discovered. For
more information, head over to our Summit Page.
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Innovation Fellows Progress
Samantha Farr - Women Who Weld
Women Who Weld
is a six-week welding program at TechShop Detroit that includes
certification prep and help with job placement June 4- July 18th. This
month, Samantha and her Co-Instructor will be hosting an info session at
COTS (Coalition On Temporary Shelter), followed by one-on-one meetings
with women interested in the program. Samantha is currently contacting
companies such as Big 3 Precision, Flex-n-Gate, and Detroit Bikes to see
who is hiring welders. Exploring selling WWW products with all proceeds
going to fund the program, Samantha is currently working with an
attorney to trademark the WWW name and logo. She has reached out to the
MacGregor Fund, American Welding Society, University of Michigan,
Detroit Employment Solutions Corp, We Work Creator Awards, Catapult
Pitch, MIT Civil Disobedience, JMK Innovation Prize, Emerging City
Champions, and Detroit SOUP as potential sources of funding.
Samantha is still looking for a permanent facility going forward after this upcoming program cycle is complete.
Bill Stough - Using Triple Bottom Line to Promote Entrepreneurial Innovation
is supporting organizations to initiate and stabilize a Triple Bottom
Line (TBL) approach to economic development in the Saginaw Bay region.
The organizations formed a group now called the "Great Lakes Bay Zero
Waste Consortium". Founding members include: The Morely Company, Vantage
Plastics, Duro-Last Roofing, Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, Saginaw
Bay Watershed Initiative Network, Saginaw Valley State University,
Michigan State University, and the Eastern Michigan Council of
Governments (EMCOG). Bill is developing news releases and distributing
them through traditional and social media outlets. The next scheduled
regional membership meeting is for May 23, 2017 at the Duro-Last Roofing
Welcome Center in Saginaw.
Featured 2017 Co-Learning Plans
Successful Innovative Ideas in Rural Areas
leaders in and around the Township of Briley, Michigan have begun the
process of uniting residents and organizations in the area to foster
collaboration, commerce and communication. The single goal is to
establish a cooperative set of practices and initiatives to build the
area economically and residentially. Dr. Marvin Pichla will work with
Briley Township to design a guidebook to facilitate a "bottom-up"
approach to entrepreneurship and knowledge development. The Guide Book
for Community Enhancement would establish a formalized, user-friendly
process for encouraging the identification and development of innovative
collaboration/commerce/communication building projects and programs. The project, led by Marv Pichla, will allow for open participation by all citizens/groups and no concept large or small would be ignored.
Author: Marv Pichla, Inspiring Innovation LLC
Pichla is the Owner and Creative Advisor of Inspiring Innovations, Inc.
His consulting service includes sharing his unique entrepreneurship and
innovation customer service experience, Marv consults with public and
private business, education, and community organizations to develop new
and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based
learning. Prior to starting Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as
Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! a mid-Michigan
workforce and business development agency. As Executive Director, Marv
used creativity and innovation as his guide for regional business
building, career development, employment service, education and
strategic partnership/planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a
farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the
leadership principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors
and Masters Degrees from Central Michigan University in Public
Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from the School of Business
& Management at Capella University in Minnesota.
Social Entrepreneurship in Legacy Cities
Impact Philanthropy and Investment will collaborate with the Community
Ventures program and the Urban Entrepreneurship initiative to establish a
working definition of social entrepreneurship in Michigan's legacy
cities and distressed urban areas. This will include evaluating primary
data, developing case studies, and identifying resources available to
economic developers with the aim of incentivizing social enterprises.
Jason Ball of SIPI, will partner with Region 5's Community Ventures and
Urban Entrepreneurship to create this plan.
Author: Jason Ball, SIPI
is an integrator. His expertise lies in working with visionaries and
people passionate about their cause to develop plans, strategies, and
the associated documentation that helps ideas come to life. Jason is an
experienced facilitator and consultant, having worked with a wide range
of nonprofits, universities, local governments, and state agencies to
drive community and economic development projects throughout Michigan
for nearly a decade. Prior to joining SIPI, Jason was the Director of
Client Services for an economic development consulting firm in Lansing,
which allowed him to serve several Flint organizations as a contractor.
Jason has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State
University and a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science from Grand
Valley State University. He is a member of the American Institute of
Certified Planners and has completed National Charrette Institute
Certification. Jason has been a member of the Michigan Association of
Planning's government relations committee for over five years, serving
as Chair since 2014.
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