21st Century jobs policy

Jobs is the area where our vision of future success and the policies we are pursuing to realize that vision are most stuck in the past. Both across the country, and even more so here in Michigan. MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee are doing the cutting edge work on the implications of smarter and smarter machines doing more and…

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California growing

I wrote a post in November 2009 entitled "California Ascendant?" Using a Time Magazine article on the future of California as a jumping off point, I wrote that California was not as conventional wisdom had it then (and now) a state in irreversible decline, rather it was a state that likely would be a national leader in the future. I…

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Lansing and General Motors

Good news! General Motors is expanding its manufacturing presence in metro Lansing. As the Lansing State Journal reports: "General Motors Co. will bring more jobs to Lansing with plans to build a $162 million stamping plant here, the latest investment the carmaker is pumping into its mid-Michigan factories. Local economic development officials Thursday said the Detroit automaker plans to build the…

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Welcoming matters

Terrific Bridge article by Chris Andrews on the importance of being welcoming. Highly recommended! Its entitled "Are Michigan’s restrictions on gay and abortion rights holding state back?" Andrews writes:  "A number of experts on economic and community development say Michigan policies on gay rights and women’s access to abortion are creating barriers to growth and prosperity. While states like Minnesota…

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Stuck in the past

My biggest concern for the state and its regions––particularly metro Detroit--is that we have a vision of what we want the future to look like and a public policy agenda, from across the political spectrum, that are grounded in the past––which we can't go back to–-rather than the future. So we end up not having the debates that we need.…

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