REI E-Update

October, 2017

Share, Learn, Create Innovative Economic Development Ideas!

A diverse and dynamic network that develops and implements innovative economic development ideas, tools, models, policies, and practices for Michigan.

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Innovate Michigan! Summit 2017 Recap

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Friday, September 15th, was our annual Innovate Michigan! Summit in East Lansing. We learned and shared with economic developers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, scholars, students, local and state government officials, and other community leaders at the event, which featured presentations from REI's 2017 innovative economic development projects, including current and potential tools, models, policies, programs, student projects, and Michigan inventions. Keep reading for a recap of what our Co-Learning Plan authors, Innovation Fellows, and Student-Led, Faculty-Guided project leaders have researched and discovered. For more information, visit our Summit page!

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Co-Learning Plans

Social Entrepreneurship in Legacy Cities

Co-Learning Plan - Jason Ball and Steve Wolbert, Social Impact Philanthropy and Investment 

Social Impact Philanthropy and Investment (SIPI) is establishing a working definition of social entrepreneurship in Michigan's legacy cities and distressed urban areas. Read the full report!

The Fledge

Co-Learning Plan - Jerry Norris, The Fledge

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

Community leaders in and around Briley Township are working to unite residents and organizations to foster collaboration, commerce, and communication, aiming to build the area economically and residentially. Dr. Marvin Pichla, project leader, has been working with Briley Township to design a guidebook to facilitate a "bottom-up" approach to entrepreneurship and knowledge development.

Public Infrastructure and Economic Development

Co-Learning Plan - Dayne Walling, 21Performance

This project 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. Read the full report!

Other Summit Presentations

Rishi Moudgil

Keynote Speaker - Founding Executive Director, GreenLight Fund DetroitPhoto of Rishi Moudgil

The GreenLight Fund is a venture philanthropy that invests in proven social impact programs for children and families in poverty through a rigorous annual process led by a local cross-sector coalition. Previously, Rishi was the founder and managing director of the University of Michigan (U-M) Center for Social Impact at the Ross School of Business and led U-M's Nonprofit and Public Management Center and ran program at the U-M Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. He has been named an American Express Next Gen fellow with Independent Sector, Chicago Public Education Fund venture philanthropy fellow, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Grand Angel.

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

This study 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

This project 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 pedestrian access.

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.

Michigan Inventors Coalition Expo 2017

The Michigan Inventors Coalition (MIC) also hosted their Expo 2017 on Friday, September 15th. This event aimed to help grow Michigan by supplying the know-how on bringing a new invention to market. Attendees met Michigan garage and basement inventors, heard about their latest inventions, saw their products, and found out how the discovery-to-market process works. We hope that all Innovate Michigan! Summit attendees dropped in throughout the day! Find out more. 

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