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Fall 2023 Newsletter

  • Inaugural Elevate Forum Brings Together Business, Community, and Economic Development Leaders

  • EGI and Partners Awarded $4.9 Million to Lead Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium

  • Michigan Vehicle Technology Transition Impact Project Supports Energy Transitions at Community Level

  • STC Funding Supports Transformative Projects for Southeast Michigan Manufacturers

  • Cybersecurity Interns Available

  • Research Informs County Leaders in Rural Illinois

  • EGI staff and student stories

EGI’s Inaugural Elevate Forum Brings Together Business, Community, and Economic Development Leaders

EGI hosted its inaugural Elevate Forum for businesses, community leaders, and economic development colleagues at the University’s Detroit Center.  With over 100 attendees joining in person and online, the forum offered a full day of presentations and networking.  Read more about the event.

EGI-led Consortium Awarded $4.9 Million to Address Department of Defense EV and Energy Transitions

The EGI-led Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium (MDRC) has been awarded a $4.9 million grant by the Department of Defense.  With local support bringing this strategic investment in the state to $6.3 million, the consortium will create the critical foundation for energy storage and battery manufacturing necessary to support the DoD’s rapid transformation from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles and beyond.  Read more about MDRC.

EGI receives Department of Energy award for
Michigan Vehicle Technology Transition Impact Project

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The Economic Growth Institute has been awarded a grant by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) for the Michigan Vehicle Technology Transition Impact Project (MiVTTP).  The $1,995,462 award will support work in communities in Michigan to plan and build capacity for energy transition and decarbonization.

The award is one of 45 projects funded by the DOE across 18 states to advance research, development, demonstration, and deployment in several areas critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.  EGI is partnering with Michigan Clean Cities, the State of Michigan Office of Future Mobility & Electrification, and the State of Michigan Department of Treasury.

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Funding Available for Automotive Manufacturing Suppliers in Southeast Michigan

EGI's Supply Chain Transformation Center (STC) 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’s provided combination of expertise and funding 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 here.

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Cybersecurity Interns Available  

Advanced Manufacturing Cybersecurity Program 

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EGI Research Team Informs Community Leaders

EGI’s Dr. Sarah Crane and Carmen Wells Quigg met with community members in Grundy County, Illinois, to present results of the team’s research and economic analysis.  EGI’s research and community teams work together to empower communities with detailed analysis that is vital for informed leadership. 
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Our fall newsletter includes stories about EGI’s Inaugural Elevate Forum, new support for the Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium, Michigan Vehicle Technology Transition Impact Project, research informing county leaders, and EGI staff and student stories.

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