Cities and schools again

Following up on my last post about the importance of quality schools and local governments I thought it worthwhile to rerun a post I wrote nearly two years ago. Its as relevant to Michigan's future success today as it was…

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The college grad multiplier

In a previous post on why retaining and attracting young professional was an economic development priority I wrote: The reason they are important to economic growth is both they are the most mobile and that knowledge workers––professionals and managers––are now,…

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Cities and schools

Included in my standard presentation is this quote from Harvard economist Edward Glaeser: In the long run, America will be richer than China only by having smarter citizens, and that requires the skills that come from schools and cities, not dispersed…

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Detroit collapsing

The best commentaries on the Detroit bankruptcy I have read are a Forbes article entitled "The Unions Didn't Bankrupt Detroit, But Great American Cars Did" and a Robert Samuelson column for Real Clear Politics entitled "Reinventing Detroit". Both make the…

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The 3.0 agenda: three quotes

For my Wayne State speech I used three quotes to introduce our framework for what state and local policy makers and economic development leaders should focus on if they want to recreate  a high prosperity Michigan – a place with…

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Attracting Talent: Denver

In his terrific book, Triumph of the City, Edward Glaeser writes: "There is every reason to think that an increasingly prosperous world will continue to place more value on the innovative enjoyments that cities can provide. The bottom-up nature of…

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Triumph of the city: the data

As we explored in my last post, Edward Glaeser in his terrific new book, Triumph of the City, compellingly makes the case that vibrant central cities that anchor big metros are the geographic engines of economic growth across the planet,…

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