UM-Flint receives grant for Economic Development Center

UM-Flint students will build research skills in a federal project to help business creation over the next five years.

University Outreach at UM-Flint has been awarded a major grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The five-year grant of $400,000 will be used to establish a University Center for Community and Economic Development.

The center will support economic development efforts in a 7-county region encompassing Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

Researchers will gather and map a wide variety of economic development data. Students will work with faculty members to evaluate impact and conduct an annual business climate survey. Faculty and students also will work on applied economic and community development research.

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