REI E-Update

May, 2018

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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.

In This Issue

Now Accepting Ideas for 2019 Co-Learning Plans

We Need Your #Ideas4MI!

Michigan needs new ideas to improve our economy for all Michiganders. Do you have an idea? We take the best ideas and find experts to turn them into Co-Learning Plans! Submit your idea on our Suggest an Idea page or by tweeting using #Ideas4MI!

Social Enterprise Video

Social Entrepreneurship in Legacy Cities

Jason Ball and Steve Wolbert, Co-Learning Plan 2017

A Social Enterprise is an organization that generates revenue by selling a product or service to serve their mission of delivering social value. In this video, we have highlighted multiple social enterprises across Michigan, and offered advice as to how local governments can help create policies to encourage the development of Social Enterprises in their communities.

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Stand Out Co-Learning Plan

Terri Barker

Agriculture Technological Innovation in Michigan

Terri Barker, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Ms. Barker applied to work on a Co-Learning Plan and asked for no REI financial support. We were impressed with her enthusiasm and passion to do this important work for the state of Michigan without REI compensation. Ms. Barker's CLP will be highlighted throughout this project year as our Stand Out project for 2018. This Co-Learning Plan will help stakeholders operating in the food and agriculture technology sector throughout the State of Michigan to identify statewide resources for economic developers, policymakers and entrepreneurs. Barker is already working with several food and agricultural tech companies in Michigan and she has engaged MSU Tech Transfer Centers and MEDC Smartzone business accelerators to start identifying existing resources and tools. By leveraging existing Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) networks and partnerships such as the Michigan Economic Development Association, venture capital and angel investor groups, etc., Barker is collecting existing food and agricultural tech resources quickly and effectively, researching policy and development resources around the country. The Co-Learning Plan will include a brief analysis of existing and potential tools as well as models that could grow the food and agriculture technology sector in Michigan. Food and agricultural tech sector stakeholders and businesses will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the analysis prior to completion of the report. Barker anticipates that throughout the Co-Learning Plan process, the REI Center will be a valued asset for by providing feedback on blind spots that may need to be addressed and methods to presenting the information so that it communicates to a diverse audience.

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2018 Co-Learning Plans

Strengthening Michigan's Infrastructure and Sustainability: Effective Implementation of Master Plans and Capital Improvement Plans

John Austin, Director & Dayne Walling, Senior Policy Adviser, Michigan Economic Center

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Creating a Fashion Entrepreneurship Community

Meleena Herring & Joe Carr, The Runway

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A Study of the Economic Impact of Startup Accelerator Programs in Michigan

Tony Willis, Lansing Economic Area Partnership

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Smart Cities and Transportation in Michigan

Dong Zhao, Ph.D., School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University

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2018 Innovation Fellows

Network and Digital Media Strategies for Mobilization toward Policy Change

Laleah Fernandez, Ph.D., The Quello Center, Michigan State University

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Laleah Fernandez

Exploring the Underground Economy in Detroit

Rita Fields, Ph.D., Business College, Madonna University

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2018 Student-Led Faculty-Guided Projects

City of Durand Downtown Economic Development Enhancement Strategy

MSU School of Planning Design and Construction, led by Zenia Kotval, Ph.D.

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Village of Sebewaing Sea Kayaking and Recreation Study

MSU School of Planning Design and Construction, led by Zenia Kotval, Ph.D.

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Kayakers in Saginaw Bay at the mouth of the Sebawing River

Big-Box Converted to Co-op

Policy Institute, Alma College, led by Edward C. Lorenz, Ph.D.

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Assessment of the Maker Economy in Detroit

Urban Planning, Wayne State University, led by Robin Boyle, Ph.D.

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