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Spring 2024 Newsletter

  • Michigan Vehicle Technology Transition Impact Project Helps Communities Navigate EV Transition

  • Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium Supports Energy Storage and Battery Production for Defense

  • STC Program Assisting Southeast Michigan Auto Suppliers

  • Research Explores Equity in Workforce Development Programs

  • Research Develops Economic Overview for Grundy County, Illinois

  • EGI Staff and Student Stories

EGI Advances Equity in Michigan Justice40 Communities Through the Michigan Vehicle Technology Transition Impact Project

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EGI, in partnership with Michigan Clean Cities, has launched the Michigan Vehicle Technology Transition Impact Project (MiVTTP). This project aims to provide technical assistance and workforce development to local communities navigating the transition to electric vehicles.


MiVTTP has begun engaging 11 communities across southeast Michigan, assisting them in addressing the economic challenges and opportunities caused by the transition to EVs and climate and energy decarbonization measures. Participating communities include Detroit, Ecorse, Flint, Hamtramck, Lansing, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, Pontiac, River Rouge, Warren, and Wyandotte. With projections indicating the potential for 56,000 new jobs in electric transportation in Michigan, the initiative aims to prepare communities for future workforce demands while promoting sustainable and equitable development.


EGI Director of Community Development Carmen Wells Quigg is the project's Senior Project Manager.

EGI is committed to fostering equitable community development, focusing on energy and climate needs in Michigan communities. This investment responds to critical and immediate community needs while aligning community engagement best practices for effective and meaningful change.”  

Supported by the State of Michigan Office of Future Mobility & Electrification and the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, MiVTTP is in line with the MI Healthy Climate Plan for carbon neutrality and is a significant step towards a more inclusive and environmentally conscious future for Michigan.


Launched in September 2023, MiVTTP is a three-year program supported by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. It is one of 45 projects spanning 18 states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transportation. To learn more, please visit our webpage.

MDRC: Supporting Energy Storage and Battery Manufacturing

Michigan companies, supercharge your capabilities in energy storage and battery manufacturing and become a supplier to the DoD. Selected by the Department of Defense, the Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium (MDRC) supports small and medium-size enterprises in energy storage and battery production.

The MDRC has four components:

  • Leveraging Michigan Assets

  • Technology Acceleration

  • Company Assistance

  • Workforce Development


To learn more about these initiatives check out our website. https://economicgrowth.umich.edu/mdrc/


Is your company looking to expand its energy storage and battery manufacturing capabilities to support the DoD?


The Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium (MDRC) currently has $75k in cost-share funding for technical assistance to support qualified companies looking to enter the defense supply chain. To learn more about this program, please reach out to
Sara Reynolds at reynosar@umich.edu or visit our company assistance page.


Funding Available for Automotive Manufacturing Suppliers in Southeast Michigan

EGI's Supply Chain Transformation Center provides assistance to small and medium sized manufacturers in the greater Detroit region. Our team will help your business stabilize, diversify, grow, and responsibly succeed as the greater Detroit region moves toward the future of mobility. 

The Supply Chain Transformation Center (STC) will provide up to $100,000 in matching funds to support technical assistance projects for qualifying companies.

The STC program provides a combination of expertise and funding that prepares businesses for success in the rapidly changing mobility economy. Manufacturers in the greater Detroit region are encouraged to engage with our team to identify leverage points where STC can strengthen your organization.


To learn more, please contact Kiarra Terry at kiawells@umich.edu or visit our website.

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STC is part of GEM, the Global Epicenter of Mobility. GEM is creating a smart, secure, sustainable, and inclusive advanced-mobility industry in Southeast Michigan.

GEM partner SEMCA, in partnership with GLOBAL DETROIT  is hosting a Global STEM Talent Fair on Friday, May 3, 2024 from 12pm-3pm at NewLab@Michigan Central in Detroit.  For more information, contact  jacklyn.salazar@semca.org.


EGI Research Explores Equity in Workforce Development Programs

Report cover: Three Spheres of Equity in Workforce Development Programs

EGI Research is developing early insights into how workforce programs from the American Rescue Plan Act are prioritizing equity.  The research looks at the Economic Development Administration’s Good Jobs Challenge, which is supporting regional leaders who are developing sector-specific training programs aimed at addressing disparities and uplifting underserved communities.  The report looks at equity through three interdependent spheres: Equity in Local Contextualization, Equity in the Leading Organization, and Equity in Program Delivery.


View the Report

EGI Research Develops a Comprehensive Economic Overview for Grundy County, Illinois

Supporting Small enterprises and Jobs in State-of-the-Art Solar Technology

EGI is part of a team participating in an NSF-funded study to boost state of the art solar manufacturing.  The team is led by researchers in the College of Engineering exploring new semiconductors and manufacturing approaches.  One component of this initiative includes helping small and medium-sized enterprises participate in this growing industry. Sarah Crane, Director of Research at EGI, and Julie Hui, Assistant Professor in the School of Information, are looking at how small and medium-sized enterprises develop their technology and workforce to participate in this industry.


Read more in the University Record

EGI Welcomes New Staff Member LaTricia Mitchell

LaTricia joined the university in December 2023 as a Project Intermediate Manager with the Economic Growth Institute under the Michigan Vehicle Technology Transition Impact Project (MiVTTP). With nearly a decade of experience in community development, project management, and DEI leadership, LaTricia is trained in Social Work and is a DEI leader who brings a depth of experience suited to her role at the Institute.


Currently, LaTricia is involved in MiVTTP, which is bringing urgently needed technical assistance to 11 Michigan communities facing transitions due to the electric vehicle sector. With an upfront focus on outreach and community engagement and gathering insights to understand potential impacts, LaTricia is leading the project team in advancing the initiative to deliver quality technical assistance. This initiative will also provide community-based action plans, workforce training, and technical assistance models to meet specific community workforce needs. LaTricia is excited to be able to be in the room for strategic planning and to facilitate conversations around what initiatives communities are interested in. She likes bringing people together to solve a problem with one common goal of serving their community, people from various sectors who typically don’t work together and dream about what the community could look like amidst significant industry transitions.


What she loves about MiVTTP is that the program supports communities that typically seek support but are unsure where to find it. EGI connects them to resources, listening to their needs without any proprietary motivation. Recognizing this is a unique position, she appreciates working with people so connected to their communities; they are so proud, and we can see their hometown pride, which comes out through our engagement and conversations.


LaTricia feels empowered to represent the voices of those at the table and ensure the decisions are made with the community in mind. Advancing voices in the margins is a priority of everything she does. Her background is supported by her strong project management skills, leadership skills, and community engagement experiences, which bring strong leadership to the communities we serve.


Before her current role, LaTricia was a Regional Director for InterVarsity’s Black Campus Movements, where she was instrumental in managing cross-functional teams and successfully led outreach campaigns. She was also an Advanced Social Work Fellow at Yale University, where she sharpened her strategic planning, information gathering, and analysis skills.


LaTricia has a bachelor's degree in Africana Studies from The College of Wooster and a Master's in Social Work from Wayne State University. Beyond her professional life and outside of work, LaTricia enjoys spending time in her community of family and friends. She enjoys staying active through kayaking and exploring new parks. She loves watching pro basketball and trying new plant-based recipes in her free time.


Connect with LaTricia on LinkedIn


Student Research Associates Support EV Transition and Community Work







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Our spring newsletter includes stories about programs responding to new energy technologies, including the Michigan Vehicle Technology Transition Impact Project, which is working with communities preparing for the EV transition, the Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium, which is supporting energy storage and battery production for defense, and STC, which continues to assist automotive suppliers.  We also share updates about EGI Research and EGI staff and student stories.

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