What Matters Most

Real interesting James Fallows article in the Atlantic. Its about how America gets out of the current mess we are in. Fallows brings a unique perspective, just returning after years living in China. Worth reading! Fallows makes the point that…

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Rock Climbing

In a recent post I wrote about a Tom Friedman column that illustrates how globalization and technology are fundamentally and constantly changing the economy. Now comes a David Brooks column, also in the New York Times, that is quite insightful…

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Immigration and Economic Growth

Interesting study from the Fiscal Policy Institute on the role of immigrants in growing regional economies. They looked at the nation's twenty five largest metropolitan areas – including metro Detroit – and found that immigration spurs, rather than retards, economic…

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Our Politics

Many believe, because of the mess we are in and term limits, that the 2010 elections are particularly pivotal for the state's future. I'm sure I will be writing about the elections regularly in these posts. So I thought it…

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Managing Decline vs. Investing for Growth

SEMCOG – the council of governments in metro Detroit – has just released its 2035 transportation plan. Paul Tait, its excellent Executive Director, notes that one of the common concerns he runs into is folks – including policy makers –…

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Lessons Learned by the Freep

A terrific recent editorial in the Detroit Free Press. Its their summary of what they learned matters most from their series on the collapse of the domestic auto industry. The editorial's subtitle says it all. Rx for recovery: A new…

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Families

The current issue of Dome magazine has an article from the folks at Gongwer about the just enacted education reform legislation. It ends with comments about how the real problem with student achievement is families. Kids coming to school not…

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2010 Predictions

The folks at MiBiz.com asked me to one of their guest columnists on what to expect in 2010. You can read my column here. As you will read, I don't see any big changes in the year ahead. Yes the…

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Lou’s 2009 Presentation

The powerpoint presentation Lou Glazer uses in his speeches around the state on the future of the economy and what Michigan needs to do to prosper in it. Michigan Future Inc. Presentation 2009 View more presentations from michiganfuture. [slideshare id=2773667&doc=09-standard-presentation-091224090658-phpapp01]

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A Reach School For Every Kid

Didn’t get into Harvard? Well, it is good that you applied.  Research highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article today about the value of a college degree indicates that future economic success may be better predicted by where you apply…

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