2014-15 Project Year Status
REI would like to thank all of our 2015 Co-Learning Plan author applicants. We received a number of promising proposals and are excited to announce the selection of the following Co-Learning Plan authors and topics:
- Marcus Jones, Detroit Training Center – Employer-Led Training Programs
- Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan – Publicly-Operated Telework Facilities (Other)
- George Berghorn, Ph.D, Berghorn Group/Green Prisons – Ex-Offenders and Entrepreneurial Force for Local Economies
- Scott Jordan, Ph.D, Northern Michigan University – Michigan's Ecotourism Economy
We look forward to working with these authors towards bettering Michigan's economy.
Two Student-Led Faculty-Guided Projects have also been selected for Spring 2015: A generative NZE infrastructure project with Lawrence Technological University and a blight elimination and zoning strategy project with the Muskegon County Land Bank Authority.
REI is also excited to announce a new initiative this year - the funding of 2-4 Co-Implementation Plans in distressed cities in Michigan. Plans will be based around past Co-Learning Plan topics.
To see past stories, visit the News Archive.
Innovate Michigan! Summit 2014 Highlights
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opportunity abounds in the Michigan food and agriculture industry http://t.co/gjlGUiISct
Among world cities, Grand Rapids' economy is ranked 69th by Brookings Institution http://t.co/u55cqrKm5e
The 2014 Innovate Michigan! Summit will be on September 4th!
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Do you have an idea for an innovative tool, model, or policy? Have you heard about an innovative local practice? Let us know!