Welcoming West Michigan?

As readers of our work know, we believe that culture trump policy. In a world where economic growth is driven by knowledge and innovation, the most successful regions are those which highly value learning, an entrepreneurial spirit and being welcoming to…

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The value of a college degree

Public conversation these days is filled with talk of the declining value of getting a college education. Don't believe it! The earnings premium from a four year degree or more is greater today than ever and almost certainly will grow…

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Explaining Michigan’s lost decade

Don Grimes and I have written in each of our annual progress reports on the Michigan economy that Michigan's economic collapse the past decade could best be explained as a single industry recession, rather than a single state recession. That…

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Detroit growing

Last May I wrote that the city of Detroit should focus on growing, not shrinking. As contradictory as it sounds the city needs to do some of both. But the priority needs to be growth. As I wrote: Detroit’s problem…

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Key quality of place characterisitcs

Finally had a chance to read the Knight Foundation's 2010 Soul of the Community report. Conducted by Gallup it identifies the attributes that most drive community attachment. What is of particular interest is the finding that the more attached an…

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Low tax America

Bruce Bartlett is one of the original supply siders. He worked in both the Reagan and first Bush Administrations as well as for Congressmen Jack Kemp and Ron Paul. He was involved in the drafting of the Kemp/Roth tax cut…

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