Go to college II

At about the same time that Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was saying "Go to college. I can’t be any clearer.", the Grand Rapids Business Journal reported that Governor Snyder at an economic summit he hosted in Grand Rapids said: "Michigan…

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“Go to college”

So says Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt in a speech at SXSW. Schmidt said: "If all you care about is money, you should go to college. If all you care about is culture and creativity, you should go to college. If all…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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