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Amazon Says No To Michigan For HQ2. We Aren’t Surprised.

Amazon says no to Michigan for HQ2. We aren’t surprised.

Michigan's two big metros not being selected as finalist for the Amazon's HQ2 should not surprise anyone. Amazon made clear that it wanted—really needed—to locate in a community with high talent concentrations today and tomorrow. Neither metro Detroit nor metro Grand Rapids are competitive talent magnets. The reality is that in the growing high wage knowledge-based sectors of the global…

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What Does Deeper Learning Look Like?

What does deeper learning look like?

At the core of our statewide education agenda released earlier this year is the idea that we need to shift to an education system in which the 6 Cs – collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence – become the foundation skills that we build in every student, rather than narrowly defined math and reading skills. Stating that,…

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An Expanded Safety Net For A Disruptive Economy

An expanded safety net for a disruptive economy

Policymakers in both Lansing and Washington seem hellbent on slashing the safety net. In part, they argue, because a too generous safety net gives folks an incentive not to work. The evidence suggests the opposite. As we detail in our Minnesota policy case study, Minnesota has by far the highest proportion of adults who work in the Great Lakes with…

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Could College Degrees Save The Lives Of Michiganders?

Could college degrees save the lives of Michiganders?

We at Michigan Future Inc. have not been shy about sharing ample research that demonstrates the correlation between degree attainment and economic stability. It’s no coincidence that Michigan ranks 32nd for both college degree attainment and per capita income. But recent research suggests that lacking a college degree may not only threaten one’s bottom line, but could risk one’s life.…

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Google Finds STEM Skills Aren’t The Most Important Skills

Google finds STEM skills aren’t the most important skills

Terrific Washington Post column on research done by Google on the skills that matter most to its employees success. Big surprise: it wasn't STEM. The Post writes: Sergey Brin and Larry Page, both brilliant computer scientists, founded their company on the conviction that only technologists can understand technology. Google originally set its hiring algorithms to sort for computer science students with top…

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