Katie Brisson
Phone: 313.961.6675

For Immediate Release:
January 4, 2010


Same place. New look. Innovative ideas. Detroit, MI – Today, the New Economy Initiative (NEI) announced its new Web site,

Visit the new site to learn about NEI, see what NEI grantees are working on, and engage in conversation on the NEI Blog. The new site includes a media center featuring the latest videos and podcasts from NEI. The site also features the newly developed NEI Blog.

The NEI Blog is a conversational space for NEI staff, members of the Governing Council, and Economic Advisors to share information about the work NEI is doing and its impact in the region. The NEI blog will also be utilized to inform readers about new research, best practices and provide commentary from local and national experts on the challenges and opportunities facing southeast Michigan. NEI is also now on Twitter and Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter @neiblog and join our Fan Page on Facebook.

The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI) is the one of the largest philanthropic initiatives focused on regional economic development in the country, accelerating the transition of southeast Michigan to an innovation-based economy that expands opportunities for all.

Ten national, regional and local foundations have committed $100 million to this unprecedented eight-year initiative, including the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (Detroit), the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation (Southfield, Michigan), the Ford Foundation (New York), the Hudson-Webber Foundation (Detroit), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, Michigan), the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Miami), The Kresge Foundation (Troy, Michigan), the McGregor Fund (Detroit), the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Flint, Michigan), and the Skillman Foundation (Detroit).

The participating foundations are leading the implementation and governance of the Initiative. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, which initiated the collaborative, is serving as its administrative home. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan.

The Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $390 million through more than 34,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.

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