Whitmer’s Rising Household Income For All Agenda

Whitmer’s rising household income for all agenda

Governor Whitmer's new economic policy agenda states: The construction of this agenda has, as a guiding principle, the idea that a primary goal of state economic policy should be rising household incomes for all Michiganders, especially those who are struggling. This is a huge step forward in insuring that we have an economy that as it grows benefits all. As…

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Blue Collar Occupations Don’t Dominate Good-paying Jobs

Blue collar occupations don’t dominate good-paying jobs

Conventional wisdom has it that there are two dominant paths to good-paying jobs and careers: STEM occupations and the skilled trades. In our last post we looked at STEM occupations including those classified as a professional trade. In this post we will focus on the proportion of good-paying Michigan jobs that are blue collar occupations, including but not limited to…

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STEM Occupations Don’t Dominate Good-paying Jobs

STEM occupations don’t dominate good-paying jobs

Conventional wisdom has it that there are two dominant paths to good-paying jobs and careers: STEM occupations and the skilled trades. In this post I want to focus on the proportion of good-paying Michigan jobs that are in STEM. (STEM, as you know, is shorthand for science, technology, engineering and math.) In our next post we will do the same…

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Our Op-ed In Bridge: It’s Time For Human Capital-focused Economic Development

Our op-ed in Bridge: it’s time for human capital-focused economic development

On Tuesday, Bridge published an essay I co-wrote with Ned Staebler, the vice president for economic development at Wayne State University and the president and CEO of TechTown. We hope to inspire an important conversation among those who work in economic development in Michigan. The evidence is clear that it's time to stop a failed economic development strategy that invests…

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Placemaking And Equity: The Atlanta BeltLine

Placemaking and equity: the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is explicitly deigned to both improve the quality of life of current city residents and to attract new residents to the city, particularly mobile young professionals. This dual purpose is how placemaking should be done everywhere. The BeltLine is 33 miles of multi-use trails, parks, and a network of pedestrian-friendly transit links. Serving 40 neighborhoods, not just…

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