REI E-Update

December, 2018

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

Call for 2018-2019 Co-Learning Plans

Are you an innovative thinker?

The REI University Center is calling for Co-Learning Plan author(s)!

Co-Learning is a process in which multiple parties collaborate to generate new knowledge. In a Co-Learning Project, innovative economic development tools, models, strategies, policies, and practices are researched, and the findings and recommendations serve as a key resource for economic development practitioners and policymakers in Michigan.

Co-Learning Plans can be written by practitioners, decision makers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, scholars, or other stakeholders. Co-Learning Plan selection is a competitive process, and REI typically funds up to four Co-Learning Projects each year.

This year's topics include:

  • Blockchain Technology Impact
  • Can Local Produce Stop Climate Change?
  • Community Benefit Agreements
  • Energy Co-ops Across America
  • MILE Act, Part II
  • Online Market Place and Main Street
  • Repair Cafes
  • The Reuse Industry
  • Other

Applications are due TOMORROW, December 14, 2018.

Visit the Submit an Application page to view this year's topics and apply!

Call for Spring 2019 Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects

Spring Semester DEADLINE EXTENDED - December 24, 2018

These projects, based in colleges and universities across the state, should assist Michigan communities in completing local and regional economic development initiatives, especially in distressed rural and urban communities.

Projects should:

  • Assist an economically distressed community or region in Michigan
  • Engage the community throughout the project period
  • Have a strong economic development component
  • Deliver ideas for creating knowledge-economy jobs and high-growth entrepreneurship
  • Provide economic development professionals in the community with technical assistance and data analysis that otherwise would not be available to them
  • Where feasible, collaborate with your region's EDD
  • Be completed in one semester

Apply for assistance for your Student-Led, Faculty-Guided technical assistance project today! Applications are due December 24,2018.

Apply here! 

Happy Holidays, REI Network! 

From our family to yours,


However you celebrate, REI wishes you a wonderful holiday season. 
MSU Center for Community and Economic Development, University Center for Regional Economic Innovation, 1615 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912
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