The Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan leads economic, industry, advanced manufacturing, and job forecasting initiatives. The Institute is located in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Established in July 2008 as a new entity, is the merger of two longstanding university units, the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (ILIR) and the Business and Industrial Assistance Division (BIAD). The Economic Growth Institute is housed under the offices of the Vice President for Research (UMOR), and the Vice President for Government Relations (OVPGR).

The establishment of reflected the University’s efforts to better serve the state, the region and the nation during an unprecedented time of economic restructuring and transformation. The Economic Growth Institute’s research and outreach activities focus on areas where the University of Michigan has demonstrated academic strengths.

The Economic Growth Institute’s Vision is to empower communities, businesses, inventors, innovators, and state and federal governments with economic and market insight to better engage and contribute to job creation, job retention, and the improvement of local, state, and federal economies. The Economic Growth Institute also serves as an academic resource to the University, providing internships and other field experience opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students from diverse academic departments.

The Economic Growth Institute executes on this vision through various programs that provide business and community assistance, support, and intervention. DMAP is one such program in its portfolio. Several other programs are described below, categorized under service areas.

Business Assistance

The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC) helps small to mid-size manufacturers in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana that have been adversely affected by foreign competition by providing management and technical assistance.

Funded by: US Department of Commerce (USDOC), US Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Director: Scott Jacobs (

The Small Company Innovation Program, Technology and Commercialization Assistance (SCIP/TCA) is a collaboration of six state universities that assists existing companies, matching them with university technologies and identifies supporting resources needed to successfully transfer new technologies into commercial application. The Economic Growth Institute is the primary deliverer of services across the state.

Funded by: Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Director: Steven Wilson (

The First Customer Program (FCP) assists technology-based startups with identification of, introduction to, and sales to first customers. Mature companies launching ventures to diversify into new markets are also assisted.

Funded by: Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Director: Steven Wilson (

Economic and Community Development

The Center for Business Acceleration and Incubation Studies (CBAIS) performs national studies of the business incubator industry, as well as conducts market and feasibility studies to assess the need for business incubator programs in Michigan.

Funded by: US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Department of Commerce (USDOC)

Director: Lawrence Molnar (

The National Excess Manufacturing Capacity Catalogue (NEXCAP) is developing an inventory of closed manufacturing facilities available for foreign direct investment through a web-accessible database. The program connects companies with communities for the purpose of putting closed plants back into production.

Funded by: US Department of Commerce (USDOC), US Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Director: Lawrence Molnar (

The Detroit Chene Street History Project is an on-going 12-year study to construct a history of a Detroit neighborhood during the 20th century. The study is a collaboration with the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the basis for a senior history seminar in LS&A.

Director: Marian Krzyzowski (

Economic Impact and Forecasting

The Center for Labor Market Research (CLMR) conducts analyses for economic policies and forecasts labor market activity for localities. The Center also performs economic impact studies of economic development initiatives.

Funded by: Various, including the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Director: Dr. George Fulton (

The Center for China Employment and Labor Relations (CELR) is now in its tenth year of providing worker-management conflict resolution training to hundreds of Chinese companies throughout China.

Funded by: US Departments of State and Labor

Director: Dr. Jinyun Liu (