By Nic Custer
In March, U-M President Mark Schlissel met with Chancellor Susan E. Borrego at UM-Flint’s new EDA University Center for Community and Economic Development. Schlissel was able to see the new center’s main offices and better understand how the Economic Development Administration designation will help strengthen the campus and community. The center, which serves the I-69 Thumb Region, expands University Outreach’s economic development focus beyond Flint to the surrounding 7 county region including Shiawassee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Huron, Sanilac, Genesee and Tuscola counties. The center’s goal is to coordinate, inform and advance efforts to support innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship in the region. By focusing on entrepreneur training, workforce development, faculty and student research, regional asset mapping and developing an online resource portal, the UM-Flint CCED will be able to advance the region’s economic competitiveness and its residents’ access to data to help them make the best choices as they grow their businesses.