1. FOSTERING INNOVATION TO CREATE ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR COMPANIES AND COMMUNITIES

    Mark Rivett posted January 5, 2022

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    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Director of the Economic Growth Institute (EGI) Steve Wilson discusses the ways in which EGI works with businesses and communities to help them mitigate challenges and create positive economic impact.

    Wilson explains how EGI’s work is focused at the intersection of industry, communities, and innovation, helping companies navigate the innovation ecosystem.

    Steven B. Wilson; Senior Research Program Officer, Director of Innovation Services and Director of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan

    “Ultimately EGI’s goal is to retain and create jobs, and increase investment and economic growth. We do that by leveraging the knowledge and resources of the University of Michigan to assist communities and industries throughout the state,” he says.

    He also provides insights on potential challenges facing businesses in 2022, including talent shortages and continued supply chain disruptions. He also discusses energy transition.

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  2. Associate Director of the Economic Growth Institute, Ashlee Breitner to present at Women in Manufacturing Conference

    Mark Rivett posted September 30, 2021

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    Read Ashlee Breitner’s biography here

    October 4-6, 2021

    Cleveland, Ohio

    Ashlee Breiner to present on October 5th at 2:00pm

    Associate Director of the Economic Growth Institute, Ashlee Breitner

    Women are constantly making decisions and are involved in decision making processes within their careers, their extra curricular activities and their personal lives. As a woman, do you ever feel like your voice is not always heard? Are the decisions made in your organization done so in an unbiased way that truly is in the best interest of all?

    This presentation will teach you about a proven decision making process that drives consensus, removes unconscious bias, ensures acceptance and is transparent. Whether it’s a strategic plan, a committee’s fundraising plan or just everyday life decisions, our decisions are often not made in an equitable manner that will provide the optimal value.

    The presentation will teach you the 5 steps in the Allovance Decision Making Method and walk you through a decision making simulation to show how this proven method helps decisions to be made in a way that helps to ensure equity for all who are involved in the process.


  3. U-M’s Economic Growth Institute joins effort to ease disruption from nuclear facility closure

    Mark Rivett posted July 1, 2021

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    Like many regions across the country, southwestern Michigan is preparing for the closure of a nuclear power facility, the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.

    The impact of this transition on a community can lead to reduced tax base, lost employment, reduction in services and an unused site. The Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan and local partners are responding to craft a new vision, strategy and plan that will lower the risk for and severity of such outcomes while driving renewal and growth after the facility’s planned closing next year.

    EGI is working alongside Kinexus Group in partnership with the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission to tackle this transition. The SWMPC views the effort as an opportunity for its counties along Lake Michigan to take stock of the region’s many assets and collaborate on a plan of action.

    EGI’s resources and expertise will support the community as they chart their economic future. This will include research and community engagement to drive the development of an economic recovery strategy ahead of the closure of the nuclear facility. Facilitating inclusive planning, EGI will create a blueprint for recovery.

    Steven B. Wilson; Senior Research Program Officer, Director of Innovation Services and Associate Director of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan

    “We are excited to be part of this partnership and really commend the local leaders in southwestern Michigan for being proactive in their planning to reduce the impacts of this plant closure on the communities and businesses,” said EGI Director Steve Wilson. “If not addressed, the region could face significant losses. We are looking forward to engaging with community stakeholders to ensure a successful strategy is defined and implemented to keep the region vibrant.”

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