Resilient Community and Economic Development Through Collaborative Innovation Networks

  • Jacob Leppek
  • Jen Bruen
  • John Schweitzer
Part of the Studies on Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and Industrial Dynamics book series (ESID)


A single organization or individual is almost always unable to provide completely satisfactory solutions to a community problem. Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs) provide a method in which entities capitalize on existing human capital to spur cooperative innovation in community and economic development. This report details the successful experience of the U.S. EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) at Michigan State University in utilizing a COIN as a resilient economic and community development strategy. This method is successful as it allows for the resilience and adaptability of decentralized networks while retaining access to a large resource base.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Michigan State University, EDA University Center for Regional Economic InnovationLansingUSA

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