Great Editorials

Two great editorials on our just released report on Michigan's progress to a knowledge-based economy. One from Derek Melot at the Lansing State Journal titled "Will Mich. gain passion for learning?". The other from the Kalamazoo Gazette titled "A tale of…

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Paying Attention to Young Talent

Terrific articles on Sunday in both the Grand Rapids Press and the Kalamazoo Gazette on the importance of young professionals to economic growth. Worth reading! The Press' article is part of their terrific Michigan 10.0 series. That the issue of…

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Worth Reading

We are releasing our annual report later this week. My plan is to use these posts for the next several weeks to highlight our findings. So rather than wait to write a complete post on each, here are some articles I…

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Transportation Drives Growth

Terrific article by Christopher Leinberger in this month's Atlantic. It's about the increased consumer demand – in both cities and suburbs – for walkable neighborhoods linked by train. The article and his book the Option of Urbanism are worth reading.…

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Does Economic Development Work II

Good series of articles in the Free Press on the state's 21st Century Jobs fund. Worth reading. The lead article by Katherine Yung is titiled Bold Experiment Produces Few Jobs. Which raises again the question "is this kind of economic…

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Lets Grow, Not Shrink, Detroit

Detroit needs a growth agenda. And the rest of us need to support it. There is a clear pattern across the country: the most prosperous states are either rich in energy resources or are anchored by an even more prosperous…

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Detroit’s Assets

We spend all of our time bashing the city of Detroit, we forget that it has assets to build from. Three of the most important are Wayne State University, the Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Medical Center. Tom…

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