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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Andy Grove on Manufacturing

Bloomberg Business Week published an important commentary from legendary former Intel CEO Andy Grove. They also published a response by Duke's Vivek Wadhwa. Both are worth reading and debating. The case Grove makes is so important, my next few posts will be…

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The Real Minnesota Story

High praise for LivingstonDaily.com for a story destroying the claim by a Republican State Senate candidate that Minnesota is a low tax state.  Finally someone in the media is willing to check the facts on all the claims that low…

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The Future of Factory Work

Important article in the New York Times on what is happening to manufacturing employment since the economy started to recover from the Great Recession. It identifies the trends that will likely define factory work going forward. The new reality: (1)…

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Men Declining?

Provocative and important cover story in the current issue of the the Atlantic. It's entitled The End of Men? Clearly exaggerated, but the main point of the article that men are having a harder time than women making the transition…

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Michigan Ain’t the Worse

Came back from this year's Detroit Regional Chamber's terrific Mackinac Policy Conference with one big take away: next year's conference should be about what is right with Michigan. Folks are so down on Michigan. The public conversation is that we…

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