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Educating Businesses and Communities During COVID-19

The University of Michigan’s Economic Growth Institute is helping enterprises across an array of industries work through the current turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Ashlee Breitner, senior project manager at the Economic Growth Institute, discusses how the institute has been educating companies and communities on best practices in the public, private, and academic sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“EGI really works to transform and grow the economy through strengthening small to medium-sized manufacturers and also the communities in which they reside. Both of those parties work hand in hand—and without a strong economy, manufacturing supply chains struggle and vice versa,” Breitner says.

She explains that EGI works to benchmark and share best practices for the public, private, and academic sectors through presentations, which have moved to webinars since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breitner says that the webinars educate businesses and communities on the topics that are of most interest to them, helping to arm them with critical tools and resources.

“Recently, some of the seminar topics have taken a different shape than we anticipated due to the needs of COVID-19 and the challenges businesses are facing today,” she says. “We’re working to address short- and long-term recovery strategies.”

Learn more in this episode of Michigan Minds.

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