We are committed to making Michigan’s economy stronger through innovation and entrepreneurial activity. We apply Michigan State University’s expertise to analyze and shape economic development strategies and work with the full range of government business agencies and initiatives, including:
Gateway Grand Rapids
This program provides funding for a Gateway Representative (GWR) at each SmartZone. The responsibility of the Gateway Representative is to help early-stage companies connect with the many MEDC programs. In conjunction with the City of Grand Rapids and its Local District Financing Authority (LDFA), the Gateway Representative program is funded by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) and is managed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Entrepreneurship and Innovation division.
Lansing Economic Area Partnership (Leap Inc.)
LEAP is the economic development organization proudly representing the tri-county region of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. They are a private-public partnership governed by a board of directors including business and municipal leaders from across the tri-county region.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.
MSU Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED)
Michigan State University is the nation’s premier land-grant university, and in that tradition, the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) is committed to developing and applying knowledge to address the needs of contemporary society.
Their mission is to advance MSU’s land-grant mission by creating, applying and disseminating valued knowledge through responsive engagement, strategic partnerships and collaborative learning. They are dedicated to co-creating sustainable prosperity and equitable economics with communities.