Risk Takers: Improving Communities through Economic Development
In the past 50 years it has become apparent that traditional economic development practices don’t address the social inequalities and growing income gap in Michigan. In our mission to rethink these methods, The Michigan State University Center for Regional Economic Innovation has engaged with some of the most innovative thinkers and doers. We've tracked down some of these remarkable risk takers from across the state, offering a glimpse into understanding how they are changing the way we do economic development.
Small Business Technology
Connect Michigan has been leading the way to bring the economic and quality of life benefits of broadband to all Michigan residents. This Co-Learning Plan explores the opportunity for hands-on, on-site technology training for Michigan small businesses and suggests a model for local implementation.
This research focuses on the skills gap in the Michigan manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on how producer firms can play a role to address workforce development obstacles by collaborating with institutions and actors in their local supply chains and industrial clusters.
Senator Carl Levin Thanks REI
U.S. Senator Carl Levin thanks the University Center for Regional Economic Innovation at the 2014 REI Innovate Michigan! Summit.
Pop-Up Business Model
This Co-Learning Plan focused on the tangible tasks, challenges, and best practices associated with development and management of pop-up programs in Detroit and around the nation, using 'REVOLVE Detroit' as a model.
Innovate Michigan! Summit 2014 Highlights
Innovate Michigan! is an annual event hosted by REI, offering presentations of interest to a broad spectrum of participants, including business owners, faculty students, and those in the non-profits industry. Innovate Michigan! provides opportunities to network and learn.
Placemaking and Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects
2015 Innovate Michigan Summit Recap
Check out what happened at this year's Innovate Michigan! Summit, hear what presenters and participants thought of the event, and find out how they feel about what the REI Network is doing for communities abroad.
MILE Law: Investment Based Crowdfunding
Learn about the MILE Law (Michigan Invests Locally Exemption). Discover the power of investment based crowdfunding and also hear the story of how it came to be.
Women Who Weld
Watch to learn about Women Who Weld, a non-profit organization out of Detroit, Michigan that teaches unemployed women how to weld and find work within the industry.