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MSU Latino Economic Development Initiative (LEDI)

This initiative seeks to identify and create new economic development tools, models, policies, and practices to support Latino and Hispanic-owned businesses in Michigan. The LEDI team began in January 2015 by surveying Latino and Hispanic businesses across Michigan to identify the challenges that current and emerging Latino business owners may be facing and to find out the types of support, services, or resources these businesses may or may not be accessing or receiving to address those challenges.


  • Julian Samora Research Institute and Center for Community and Economic Development, through its EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI)


  • Julian Samora Research Institute, Center for Community and Economic Development 


Rubén Martinez

Professor, Department of Sociology
Director Emeritus, Julian Samora Research Institute

Julian Samora Research Institute