The mission of the 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 and
  • A Regional Advisory Board, consisting of a representative cross-section of the I69 thumb region.


Focus Areas

Economic Development







Innovation and Entrepreneurship