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2014 Conference

The 3rd annual Innovate Michigan! Summit was held on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.

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2014 Innovate Michigan! Summit Success

REI would like to thank everyone who supported and attended the 2014 Innovate Michigan! Summit on September 4. It was great to see so many people (over 150) from around the state come together to learn about how they can improve our state's economy! Attendees helped us rate ideas for the 2014-2015 Co-Learning Plan Series, and our Consultative Panel will review the ideas and ratings to help us narrow the list to 6-8 topics. After we have finalized the list we will begin soliciting for our 2014-2015 Co-Learning Plan authors.

We would also like to thank Senator Carl Levin and Dr. June Pierce Youatt (MSU Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs) for providing remarks at the beginning of the event. Senator Levin's video message has now been posted online for those who missed it.

Check back this fall for our Co-Learning Plan author solicitation. We hope everyone enjoyed the Summit, and if you were unable to fill out an event evaluation please feel free to fill out our online survey by clicking here, so that we can continue to improve the Summit for next year!

Melissa Horste accepting a plaque on behalf of Photo of Senator Levin from Rex LaMore. Young entrepreneurs promoting their businesses Summit attendees listening to Ayleen Robainas Barcia Ayleen Robainas Barcia presenting

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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.

Skills Gap

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.

Project Status

The 2014 Innovate Michigan! Summit will be on September 4th!

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Ideas reviewed and selected

Summer/Fall 2014

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Authors solicited

Fall 2014

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Timeline of REI Co-learning Plan Development

Get Involved

Are you interested in joining a digital community seeking to generate innovative ideas, tools, models, policies, and practices that can strengthen Michigan's economy? Join the REI Networks!

Do you have an idea for an innovative tool, model, or policy? Have you heard about an innovative local practice? Let us know!