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Fall 2022 Newsletter
  • Advanced Mobility Supply Chain Transformation Center
  • Researching equity in ARPA programs
  • New research supported by Kauffman Foundation
  • Supporting successful business ownership transitions
  • EGI staff and student stories
  • Upcoming events

EGI launching Advanced Mobility Supply Chain Transformation Center as part of Global Epicenter of Mobility initiative

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EGI is launching the Advanced Mobility Supply Chain Transformation Center to assist small to medium sized manufacturers in the greater Detroit region in their transformation into the future of mobility.  

The center is part of the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM), a regional coalition awarded a $52.2 million advanced mobility grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge.

Led by the Detroit Regional Partnership, the GEM initiative is designed to accelerate economic growth by building on the region’s mobility assets.  GEM will create a smart, secure, sustainable, and inclusive advanced-mobility industry, starting with the transition to next-generation electric, autonomous, and fully connected vehicles.

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Documenting equity outcomes of American Rescue Plan Programs

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EGI has been selected by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to document equity outcomes of its American Rescue Plan Programs. EDA is supporting 53 community and industry coalitions that were selected for funding through the Build Back Better Regional Challenge and Good Jobs Challenge.  Each coalition is working in their region as they address economic challenges and build resilience in their local economies.

This broad set of coalitions and initiatives provides a unique opportunity to document and study equity outcomes across different organizations, regions, and models of programs.  

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EGI receives Knowledge Challenge grant

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The Economic Growth Institute was awarded a Knowledge Challenge grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support research to identify trauma-informed practices that could improve the quality of inclusive entrepreneurial support services.  Through this grant, a team of researchers and practitioners will develop a model of trauma-informed care for entrepreneurial support organizations.


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EGI programs supporting successful business ownership transitions

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Did you know that only 1 in 4 businesses that go to market for sale actually sell, and 4 in 5 businesses don't have a written transition Plan.  EGI's business assistance programs provide support to business owners to better prepare for business transition 
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EGI staff member Carey Schoenig

Photo of Carey Schoenig With great appreciation for all her service and camaraderie, our team waves a retirement goodbye to Carey Schoenig.  Carey has been an integral part of EGI and the Great Lakes TAAC program, where she has been a vital member of the team.  We have tried everything we could to keep her working with us.  Understandably, she has decided to retire.  Her contributions to our team have been profound, and we will share stories of Carey's customer focus and meticulous attention to detail far and wide. 

Carey joined the Great Lakes TAAC nine years ago, bringing her experience and skills from marketing positions in a variety of industries.   Carey has been the driving force for calm and always has a smile.  Her presence will be missed, but we wish her and her family unending happiness vacationing on Beaver Island, playing with grandchildren, and volunteering at The Brides Project.  Carey states, “It’s been my pleasure to work with such wonderful colleagues and to support regional manufacturing."

Student research associate Carmen Wagner

Photo of Carmen WagnerCarmen Wagner joined EGI earlier this year as a research associate working on a project helping a west Michigan community facing economic impacts due to a power plant decommissioning.

An Atlanta native, Carmen is in her second year of a dual degree program in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) and the Ford School of Public Policy.  The dual program is allowing her to study environmental policy and how it pertains to environmental justice.  

With EGI, she has been helping a community develop a recovery strategy in response to a power plant closure, which will impact the local economy and the well being of the community.  Her work has included extensive secondary research as well as interviews with community members and local leaders.  She is learning new research methods as she experiences local challenges firsthand.

She hopes to pursue an environmental policy career after school.  In the meantime, she is enjoying Michigan and finding time to balance school and her work at EGI.  

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Our fall newsletter includes stories about the Advanced Mobility Supply Chain Transformation Center, Researching equity in ARPA programs, New research supported by Kauffman Foundation, Supporting successful business ownership transitions, and EGI staff and student stories.

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