Social Entrepreneurship in Legacy Cities
Co-Learning Plan - Jason Ball and Steve Wolbert, Social Impact Philanthropy and Investment
Co-Learning Plan - Jerry Norris, The Fledge
is examining the validity of a private, for-profit business incubator.
The revenue- and equity-sharing model being used at the Grand Ledge
Fledge, LLC is a sustainable practice and a successful incubator model.
Successful Innovative Ideas in Rural Areas
Co-Learning Plan - Marv Pichla, Inspiring Innovation LLC
Public Infrastructure and Economic Development
Co-Learning Plan - Dayne Walling, 21Performance
is a complete analysis of federal, state, and local policies that have
been effective in directing infrastructure investments for economic
development purposes. Models will be recommended for Michigan with
guidance on projected costs, benefits, and outcomes.
Women Who Weld
Innovation Fellow - Samantha Farr, Women Who Weld
Women Who Weld
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Detroit teaching unemployed and
underemployed women how to weld through a 6-week program, and then helps
them to find employment in the welding industry.
Triple Bottom Line to Promote Entrepreneurial Innovation
Innovation Fellow - Bill Stough, Sustainable Research Group
Bill Stough is supporting organizations to initiate a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach
to economic development in the Saginaw Bay region, to drive the growth
of companies that are decidedly place-based, pay better wages, and
prefer purchasing local goods and services.
Impacts of Big Box Stores
Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project - Sitou Akibode and Mark Skidmore, Michigan State University
helps to understand and assess the impact of "big box store" tax issues
on local communities and governments, and explores new forms of
partnership/collaboration between communities and big box stores,
including community benefits agreements (CBAs).
Redevelopment of Fairlane Town Center
Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project - Jeff Polkowski, City of Dearborn
focuses on Dearborn's central city automobile-oriented Fairlane
Planning Area and aims to develop a redevelopment project to integrate
the mall site with the rest of the Dearborn community, attracting
commercial and residential redevelopment, improving connections between
east and west Dearborn, identifying underutilized land, and enhancing
Ecotourism in the Upper Peninsula
Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project - Jonathan Lenonien, Michigan Technological University
This ecotourism project
was created by a student research team at Michigan Tech, who researched
and developed an inventory of the Upper Peninsula's ecotourism
resources and gaps. The team compared these with similar successful
ecotourism regions and suggested a stronger business model.