Center for Innovation Research

eCities

 

 

eCities is an annual research study that examines community-level factors that influence entrepreneurship, economic development, and job growth. Local communities who participate in the project receive benchmarking reports showing their performance at creating inviting business environments and encouraging entrepreneurial growth. The focus of the project is to learn and share the “Best Practices” to attract entrepreneurial development and create business growth. Understanding the best practices and utilizing these concepts across Michigan will have a positive impact on the state’s economic future.  

Updates 

This year, the eCities team has collected data on 277 communities across Michigan on many factors related to economic development, entrepreneurship, growth, and community involvement. In addition, 37 communities submitted applications detailing more specific ways in which their communites are focusing on development. A panel of reviewers with various backgrounds related to entrepreneurship, development, and government have examined these communities and selected a few communities to be recognized as top communities in Michigan. 

Findings from this study were shared at the Celebration Event on November 14. The event will also hosted a forward-thinking panel conversation regarding ways talent, businesses, policy, and access to capital have impacted community growth in Michigan and what that means for Michigan's business communites for the next decade. For more details on this event, please visit our Celebration Event page. 

Congratulations to our 2017 4-Star and 5-Star rated communities!

 


Would you like to learn more about eCities?

Let the communities who have participated tell you about the project!

 

 

If you are a city, township, or village that wishes to share in the best practices of communities to promote entrepreneurial growth and economic development, please contact us at ecities@umich.edu or phone at (313) 593-4209 to participate in eCities. 

 


The following organizations have graciously provided assistance to the 2017 eCities project:

2017 Sponsors :                    

​Award Sponsor, Comcast                             

                              

​Partner Sponsor, Oakland County                    

                               

Promotional Partner Organizations:

 

 

 

 

                                 

 

 

If you are an organization or business interested in learning more about eCities sponsorship opportunities please contact Tim Davis at 313.593.4060 or tadavis@umich.edu.