(810) 424-5481

David Mérot

EDA University Center Director

David Mérot has an extensive background in economic development research and implementation.  Most recently, he has been involved in numerous economic development research projects, including a bi-annual 7-county wages and benefits survey, broadband access study, opportunity youth fiscal scan, literacy network data collection, and data visualization. He has supported local business owners to expand their business operations in the area and into international markets in partnership with the State of Michigan STEP grant economic development initiative. David has facilitated and developed creative approaches related to entrepreneurship, community development, and a number of issues surrounding nonprofit funding, coalition implementation, and data collection for nonprofits and organizations in the region with the support of the Ruth Mott Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Harding Foundation and The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  David has been involved in strategic planning and development by coordinating, organizing, and facilitating local partner funding opportunity collaboration, as well as consulting on data analysis and branding for a number of organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance from EDC Paris.  Prior to his arrival in Michigan, David worked in several countries and in multiple multinational firms.

(810) 424-5454

Nic Custer

Innovation Services Manager

As a Master's of Business Administration recipient, Nic manages the Innovation Incubator entrepreneurship program and has provided business counseling and practical instruction to clients since 2013. In addition to possessing an InBIA certification in Entrepreneurship Center Management, he has experience working in startup businesses and nonprofits across the region. He has also received UM-Flint's 2016 Innovation Impact Award and 2020 Staff Entrepreneurship Program Award.

(810) 241-4053

Paula Nas

Office of Economic Development Director

Paula Nas is the Director of UM-Flint’s Office of Economic Development and has been a lecturer of Economics at UM-Flint for the past 25 years. She is a graduate of the Honors Program UM-Flint and holds an MA in Economics from Michigan State University and a JD from Wayne State University Law School. Paula’s primary academic fields of interest are Law and Economics and Microeconomic theory.  She also developed the Economics for Educators course and the MPA course in Social Entrepreneurship at UM-Flint. She is currently the PI on multiple grants, ranging in topic from entrepreneurship and economic development to regional asset mapping. Paula is an active volunteer with many civic organizations, serves on several campus-wide committees, and is a member of the Grand Blanc City Council. Paula is passionate about community and economic development, specifically in connecting faculty and students with economic development, business, education, and municipal leaders through a variety of initiatives. She is proud to work with a team that is dedicated to continuing to expand and broaden meaningful relationships between UM-Flint and community partners in ways that will benefit our region and our students, faculty, and staff alike.


Troy Rosencrants, M.S.

GIS and Data Analysis Manager

Troy is in charge of data management and data visualization, either through charts/reports or mapping.  Troy also manages the student research assistants assisting in the data collection/creation.  Troy's experience includes implementing GIS in economic development research, meteorology/climatology, hazards research, spatiotemporal analysis of long-term macro-scale and micro-scale population dynamics, and cartography.  Troy received a Master's degree in Geography from Northern Illinois University in 2013 after receiving Bachelor's degrees in Geography with a GIS concentration and Meteorology from Central Michigan University in 2011.