Charters for Adults?

I attended a terrific conference this week – co hosted by CEOs for Cities and United Way for Southeastern Michigan – on reducing poverty. The mission was to identify local actions that can significantly reduce poverty over the next two to four years. In my presentation, unfortunately, I said we don't know how to do that. Nationally there are two…

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Introducing Michigan Future Schools

Today we officially launch Michigan Future Schools (MFS) as an initiative of Michigan Future, Inc. It builds on the work we have been doing for the past decade or so to figure out how to connect urban high schools students to the economy of the future.  Its goal is to create new high schools at scale in Detroit and its…

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Apple Again

After reading my previous post on Apple, John Austin, of the State Board of Education and the Brookings Institution, sent me a terrific study. Its from the Personal Computing Industry Center at the UC Irvine. Its topic is job creation generated by the iPod. It is one of the best articles I have seen on how products are made in…

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Quality of Place Matters

Good post on quality of place by Rick Haglund at his web site. Its micheconomy.com Worth checking out regularly. Rick always has an interesting take on what's happening to our state's economy. In this blog Rick writes about the wife of Johnny Damon wanting him to play in a more cosmopolitan city – like Chicago – rather than Detroit. Its…

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Questions for 2010

In my last post I recommended that we ask 2010 candidates "what state would Michigan look like if your economic development strategies worked?" The other key question I would ask is "what does Michigan need to look like for your kids (or grand kids) to want to live here?" Nearly all will be or are college graduates. Where they decide…

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