Center for Innovation Research




eCities is an annual research study that examines community-level factors that influence entrepreneurship, economic development, and job growth. Local communities who participate in the project receive benchmarking reports showing their performance at creating inviting business environments and encouraging entrepreneurial growth. The focus of the project is to learn and share the “Best Practices” to attract entrepreneurial development and create business growth. Understanding the best practices and utilizing these concepts across Michigan will have a positive impact on the state’s economic future.  


eCities 2017 is collecting data on more than 250 communities across Michigan. If you would like your community to participate, contact us at For eCities 2016 information and results from previous years, please visit our luncheon section.

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Let the communities who have participated tell you about the project!



If you are a city, township, or village that wishes to share in the best practices of communities to promote entrepreneurial growth and economic development, please contact us at or phone at (313) 593-4209 to participate in eCities. 


The following organizations have graciously provided assistance to the 2016 eCities project:

2016 Sponsors :

Lead Sponsor, DTE Energy


​Award Sponsor, Comcast                             


​Partner Sponsor, Plante Moran                     


Promotional Partner Organizations:






If you are an organization or business interested in learning more about eCities sponsorship opportunities please contact Tim Davis at 313.593.4060 or