Managing Decline vs. Investing for Growth

SEMCOG – the council of governments in metro Detroit – has just released its 2035 transportation plan. Paul Tait, its excellent Executive Director, notes that one of the common concerns he runs into is folks – including policy makers –…

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Lessons Learned by the Freep

A terrific recent editorial in the Detroit Free Press. Its their summary of what they learned matters most from their series on the collapse of the domestic auto industry. The editorial's subtitle says it all. Rx for recovery: A new…

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Families

The current issue of Dome magazine has an article from the folks at Gongwer about the just enacted education reform legislation. It ends with comments about how the real problem with student achievement is families. Kids coming to school not…

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2010 Predictions

The folks at MiBiz.com asked me to one of their guest columnists on what to expect in 2010. You can read my column here. As you will read, I don't see any big changes in the year ahead. Yes the…

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Lou’s 2009 Presentation

The powerpoint presentation Lou Glazer uses in his speeches around the state on the future of the economy and what Michigan needs to do to prosper in it. Michigan Future Inc. Presentation 2009 View more presentations from michiganfuture. [slideshare id=2773667&doc=09-standard-presentation-091224090658-phpapp01]

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A Constantly Changing Economy

The main business Michigan Future is in is trying to understand the flat world and then be a catalyst to better position Michigan and its citizens to prosper in that economy. Our core belief is that the people and communities…

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Toyota

Interesting article by Nathan Bomey in annarbor.com. Its about Toyota apparently considering moving some of their knowledge jobs from California, with Ann Arbor being one of the leading options. Bomey cites our work in speculating that lower labor costs here…

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Good Stuff from the GR Press

Two excellent opinion pieces this week from the Grand Rapids Press. One on college attainment being the key to economic growth, the other on low taxes not being the answer. Both worth reading. The editorial on college attainment has some…

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Innovation is the Key

A recent David Brooks column in the New York Times lays out an innovation agenda. Its worth reading. Its based on a report from President Obama's National Economic Council. At the core the strategy is based on a belief that…

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What to do with Failing Schools

Good article in the current issue of Education Next. Its called the Turnaround Fallacy. The author, Andy Smarick, argues that there really is no good evidence across the country that we know how to turn around schools that chronically produced…

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