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    Each year, the MSU-EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) invites hundreds of leaders across the state to the Innovate Michigan! Summit and MIC (Michigan Inventors Coalition) Expo, these events bring together economic experts and enthusiasts alike to share, learn, and create unique and innovative approaches to economic development and revitalization in the state of Michigan. The Innovate Michigan! Summit event features presentations on new economic development tools, models, policies, programs, and practices, along with community-university projects from around the state. Participants will gather to prioritize topics and ideas for future REI activities and are invited to join the MIC Expo following the Summit. An evening networking reception will conclude the day.

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    International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and MSU is proud to have been a leader of international education, research, and collaboration for over half a century. Join International Studies and Programs in celebrating MSU's world-grant legacy!

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  • 06/22/18--06:58: Center for Economic Analysis
  • The Center for Economic Analysis provides timely, high quality research, data, and analysis that contributes to the overall awareness of how the agricultural, natural resource, and related sectors and other community economic development activities contribute to the state economy. The CEA provides a number of services, including:

    • Economic Forecasts
    • Economic Policy Analyses
    • Demographic Profiles
    • Impact Assessments
    • Market Assessments
    • Tax Policy Impacts
    • Tourism Impacts
    • Needs and Poverty Assessments

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    The Get Engaged curriculum is designed to reinforce key skills that are important to civic engagement while, offering participants an opportunity to practice putting those skills to use through a facilitated planning process. This program aims to:

    • Increase residents understanding of the process and their role in the local decision-making process.
    • Provide residents tools to communicate effectively on public issues.
    • Empower residents to find creative solutions to local problems and how to build community support.
    • Explore the variety of ways an individual or group can engage in their community.

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    The Emerald Ash Borer Website is a collaborative effort to provide comprehensive, accurate and timely information on the emerald ash borer.

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    The Economic Analysis of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems websiteintroduces basic techniques that can be applied to analyze the economic viability of sustainable agricultural and food systems. The site aims to provide clear explanations of both how to do the analysis and what assumptions must be met. This site frequently relies on links to other good sites, both to explain these techniques and to provide helpful data and examples. The basic areas covered are:

    • Profitability Using Budgets
    • Environmental Indicators
    • Environmental Values
    • Marketing
    • Environment-Profit Trade-Offs
    • Business Planning

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    Community planners need to maximize the reuse of community assets when building and shaping their communities. There are three types of adaptive reuse that will be explored: greyfield, brownfield and historical. This module explores how communities can improve their economic future and save their green spaces, which are crucial to sustainable communities by revitalizing urban areas. Unit topics include:

    • Unit AR.1: Introduction to Reusing the Built Environment
    • Unit AR.2: Types of Reuse
    • Unit AR.3: Planning for Reuse
    • Unit AR.4: Brownfields: Environmental Contamination

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  • 08/07/18--13:04: Institute of Water Research
  • MSU's Institute of Water Research (IWR) provides timely information on contemporary land and water resource issues through coordinated multidisciplinary efforts and advanced information and networking systems. The IWR seeks to strengthen MSU's efforts in nontraditional education, outreach, and interdisciplinary studies using available advanced technology, and partnerships with local, state, regional, and federal organizations and individuals. Activities include coordinating education and training programs on surface and ground water protection, land use and watershed management. Research areas include: modeling, water quality, and agriculture.

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    Michigan State University Extension will provide accurate information on basic planning and zoning techniques, as well as current “best practices.” Classes will address land use, community development and environmental issues facing Michigan communities today. Extension educators will also assist local officials by offering training in planning and project management, funding tools, budgeting and record keeping.

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    Conference attendees will leave the conference equipped with the practical knowledge and industry resources needed to move an idea from the concept stage to a finished and marketable product. Attendees will be able to corroborate and refine business ideas, connecting with industry experts offering insights and tips on managing the common hurdles often encountered by food companies, including food safety, production, working with co-packers, marketing and supply chain issues.  

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    Throughout this conference, you will have a chance to learn best practices from entrepreneurial professionals across the country. Breakout sessions will be held in historical downtown Charlevoix venues—all within walking distance. Wednesday evening includes a networking event where you can continue the conversation with colleagues from both rural and urban communities.

    Conference registration includes breakout sessions, lunch, networking event, and keynote speeches from local entrepreneurs. Early bird registration is $85 and ends Friday, September 7! Normal registration is $100 until September 30. At-the-door registration is $125. Cancellations received after September 14 will incur a $35 cancellation fee.

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