The Economic Growth Institute has provided innovative economic development programming and applied research for more than 35 years. Through our work, we build more resilient businesses and communities, connect university innovations with small and medium-sized enterprises, and provide student learning experiences for the next generation of community and business leaders.

Where We Engage and Assist

The Institute's focus areas include tech innovation, economic development research, and manufacturing. Our manufacturing and tech innovation work help companies go to market with a product. Our research and tech innovation work support business creation. Our research and business engagement also foster community economic development. Through all this work the Institute develops students and future leaders.

Student Opportunities

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Students who work at the institute become part of a network of business leaders, public sector leaders, consultants, and researchers. Graduating students feel prepared after working at the institute for roles in the public and private sector, at startups, consulting firms, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. 

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Recent News

Q1 2020 Newsletter

Informing & Transforming Tomorrow's Economy January 2020 Economic Growth Institute Newsletter In this issue... Topics that Educate your organization Resources to support your organizations development Profiled Talent we have developed through real world experiences *Tips for effective strategic planning

Retool, revive: U-M helps defense manufacturers pivot

By Greta Guest, U-M News Service Original posting: ANN ARBOR—As defense contractors throughout the Midwest lost work because of federal budget cuts, many were at a loss about what to do next,

Engineering and Business are not Mutually Exclusive

Blog post by Alexander Samra, Center for Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurs Leadership Program Interning at the University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute, First Customer Program My name is Alexander Samra, AERO ‘21 and aspiring entrepreneur. My

Ditch the startup. Intern at a growth institute.

Blog post by ELP Student Hayley Vassallo (Business Administration | Class of 2021) Interning at the University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute Instead of working directly for a startup, I am helping the Economic