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Regional Economic Development

Empowering the Next Generation: Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurship

Saginaw Valley State University

George Puia, Associate Dean, College of Business, Saginaw Valley State University; Management/Dow Chemical Company Centennial Chair in Global Business

Empowering the next generation of regional industrial and business innovators in emerging technologies such as wind, solar, and bioenergy, is at the heart of SVSU's continuing commitment to transforming Mid- and Eastern Michigan's industrial and business future. Through efforts combining the resources of workforce and economic development partners in several surrounding counties, and information summits and training initiatives offering established businesses and entrepreneurs access to cutting-edge research that makes their companies globally competitive, SVSU's faculty, staff and students have fostered the entrepreneurship critical to Michigan's future.

Contact: Jules Gehrke, Assistant Professor, History, and Special Assistant to the Provost, jgehrke@svsu.edu; Harry Leaver, Executive Director, Center for Business and Economic Development, hlleaver@svsu.edu; George Puia, puia@svsu.edu

Moving Waters: Protecting, Promoting, and Restoring Michigan's Rivers

University of Michigan – Flint

Chris Bunch, Executive Director, Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy; Keith Edwards, Earth and Resource Science, University of Michigan – Flint; Doug Koop, Executive Director, Little Forks Conservancy; Sara McDonnell, Project Coordinator, University of Michigan – Flint; Bill Zhender, Cass River Greenway Committee

Water. Michigan is defined both literally and figuratively by the beauty of its water. Managing this precious resource is an imperative for local economies as well as the environmental resilience of our state. The University of Michigan – Flint partners with organizations in communities such as Frankenmuth, Midland, Mount Pleasant, and Rochester. We believe that our water is at the heart of our quality of life. Our rivers and streams are sources of drinking water and food, recreation and beauty, and also provide a sense of place that roots us and helps shape who we are. Through the development of watershed management and recreation plans, natural lands inventories, and tourism marketing resources, the University is supporting water resource protection and local economies.

Contact: Jonathan Jarosz, Director, University Outreach, jaroszjo@umflint.edu

University/Community Partnerships: Working Together for a Stronger Michigan Economy

Michigan State University

Kristen Claus, Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation; Rex LaMore, Director, Center for Community and Economic Development, Michigan State University

The MSU Center for Community and Economic Development creates, applies, and disseminates valued knowledge through responsive engagement, strategic partnerships, and collaborative learning. With support from federal, regional and local partners the CCED is undertaking two innovative partnerships that promise to yield high-growth entrepreneurship, job creation and economic innovation. The Center for Regional Economic Innovation is leveraging higher education assets and supporting the co-creation, co-application, and dissemination of innovative economic development strategies. The CCED initiative to identify innovative regional export strategies is developing opportunities to increase exporting to Canada and other foreign markets for small and medium size enterprises.

Contact: Rex LaMore, lamore@msu.edu