It’s the Neighborhood

Lots of comments on the Andy Basile email I wrote about in my last post. Most quite positive. A few pushed back. Let me lay out my thoughts on why I thought the email was so important and then give my…

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Cost of Living?

One of the questions I get most often during my presentations is "what about the cost of living?". Aren't most of the high prosperity big metros in the country – where the knowledge economy is increasingly centered – places with…

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Constantly Changing Economy

At the core of Michigan Future's work is the belief that globalization and technology are mega forces that are fundamentally changing the economy. That change is now a permanent feature of life. It's not an adjustment to a new economy…

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Young Talent Leaving Michigan

A couple of interesting articles about young talent leaving Michigan. Both worth reading. The first from the Spinal Column covering west Oakland County. I'm interviewed, but what is most interesting is the insights of recent college grads on why they…

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The Basics: Education and Infrastructure

When I started working in economic development more than thirty years ago –time does fly when you are having fun – conventional wisdom was that the state's chief role was education and infrastructure. They were considered the foundation on which…

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Place Comes First

Place trumps everything. Among my college educated friends who have yet to start families, they’d sooner move (and many have) to an exciting or beautiful place without a job prospect, than to stay in or move to Southeast Michigan with…

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Factory Work: Summing Up

Most of my posts the past several weeks have been about manufacturing. More specifically what has traditionally been blue collar work done in factories. The Atlantic End of Men? cover story, the Andy Grove Business Week commentary and the New…

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Andy Grove III

Business Week chose Duke's Vivek Wadhwa to respond to Andy Grove's commentary on the need to retain manufacturing jobs. Wadhwa's response is quite consistent with the basic Michigan Future view of the economy. That the kind of factory jobs that…

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Andy Grove II

Andy Grove in his Business Week commentary lays out a case that America is on track to have high unemployment long term. With all sorts of dangerous implications for the country, social and political as well as economic. He identifies two…

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