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University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI)

In October 2011, the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) to establish an MSU EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) with a mission to create a new and unique economic development ecosystem for Michigan. Since 2011, REI has built a virtual network infrastructure to include economic development practitioners, higher education institutions, public and private sector leaders, workforce development boards, community action agencies, state agencies, public utilities, commercial lenders, and EDA Economic Development Districts. A network with the sole purpose of creating new mindsets in Michigan that will produce innovative economic development strategies based on strategic partnerships and collaborative learning to create high-growth entrepreneurship and jobs in distressed regions of Michigan. The REI ecosystem operates on an annual cycle of solicitations seeking initiatives with high-growth entrepreneurship strategic planning and development outcomes that are competitive within the context of the global knowledge economy and network society.


  • Workforce development boards
  • Community action agencies
  • State agencies
  • Public utilities
  • Commercial lenders
  • Higher education institutions
  • EDA Economic Development Districts


  • U.S. Economic Development Administration.


Rex LaMore

Director, Center for Community and Economic Development

Center for Community and Economic Development