Bissell, Part II

Nancy Crawley quotes Upjohn Institute economist George Erickcek in her column on Bissell. George, who is one of the best thinkers I know on economic development policy, says in the column "I for one am not willing, without a stronger…

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Bissell

Good Nancy Crawley column in the Grand Rapids Press on the fortunes on Bissell – the vacuum cleaner company in West Michigan. Crawley argues that they are a model for manufacturers succeeding in Michigan, rather than abandoning the state. I…

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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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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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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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Toyota

Interesting article by Nathan Bomey in annarbor.com. Its about Toyota apparently considering moving some of their knowledge jobs from California, with Ann Arbor being one of the leading options. Bomey cites our work in speculating that lower labor costs here…

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California vs Indiana

In my last post we explored how is it that Time magazine could do a cover story on California's bright future economic prospects despite a dysfunctional state government and business unfriendly policies. The stuff that conventional wisdom believes is vital…

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