The overall goal of the newly established UM-Flint EDA University Center for Community and Economic Development is to coordinate, inform, and contribute to economic development efforts that cultivate innovation and advance high-growth entrepreneurship needed to build and sustain a diversified economy throughout the 7-county I-69 Thumb Region (Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties). 

The EDA University Center will receive direction and guidance from:

  • Stakeholders who rely on its services and research
  • A Regional Advisory Board, consisting of a representative cross-section of the I69 counties.

Focus Areas

Economic Development


Community Development


Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Interactive website/portal to connect entrepreneurs and existing business owners with service providers and to provide technical support both online and through UM-Flint's Innovation Incubator
  • Workshops, seminars, business bootcamps