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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KIPP Brings To Detroit A College Completion Focus

KIPP brings to Detroit a college completion focus

The announcement that KIPP will open a K-12 charter school in Detroit is good news for Detroit students. KIPP is the nation’s largest nonprofit charter school network, with more than 110,000 students ranging from preschool to 12th grade in 255 schools across the county. What KIPP brings to Detroit, first and foremost, is a commitment that all of their student…

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The Truth About The Relationship Between Education And Earnings

The truth about the relationship between education and earnings

We are continually confronted by the myth that there are lots of good-paying jobs that don't require higher education. "Not everyone should go to college," people claim. While that's true on a personal level--not every person will benefit from college, and people find fulfillment on the job in a myriad of ways--on a community level, it's a dangerous message. The…

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Placemaking Is Essential To Winning In The 21st Century

Placemaking is essential to winning in the 21st Century

This post is about what good-paying jobs focused economic development should look like. About what it takes to grow, retain and attract high-wage jobs. It draws lessons Michigan can learn about winning in the 21st Century from our posts on Austin, Denver and Northern Virginia. Clearly economic development is just one component of state and regional economic policy and programming.…

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