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Research Projects

EGI focuses our research efforts on projects identifying and leading to equitable economic growth for communities and companies. Current projects focus on microeconomics, looking at how the behaviors of programs, communities, and/or companies can accelerate economic growth for all. Through a broad spectrum of projects, our team addresses the complex nature of growth while also highlighting tangible steps and recommendations for leaders.

Direct inquiries to:

Sarah Crane
research manager
(734) 998-0155

Current Projects

Completed Research Projects

Cover image of Connected and Automated Vehicles StudyThe Economic Growth Institute was funded by American Center for Mobility and Ralph Wilson Foundation to research the emerging workforce skills and related gaps for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). This research report explores the workforce supporting CAVs in Southeast Michigan, specifically looking at the development and evolution of middle-skill jobs. Click here to learn more.

Cover of Hamtramck reportThe Economic Growth Institute partnered with the City of Hamtramck and the Taubman College’s Michigan Engaging Community program in an evaluation of selected ethnic commercial corridors throughout the United States. The study benchmarked these commercial corridors for Hamtramck leaders so they could assess this type of economic development along with the needed support from institutions, businesses and community members. The benchmarking analysis was focused on communities similar to the Banglatown area in Hamtramck. Click here to learn more. 

Cover image of the NIST Lab to Market Report

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) funded EGI to study successful technology commercialization practices at public doctoral universities. The study explores the technology partnerships at universities that have received the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities designation. The IEP designation recognizes institutions for their contributions to regional economic development. The result is a set of practices that can be adopted and expanded to further drive innovation and economic engagement at universities. Click here to learn more.