ARTICLES

Urban experiment taught school sponsors six lessons

July 29, 2016
For the past seven years, Michigan Future has helped launch and support new high schools in the city of Detroit. Read More

Michigan education: Uphill battle for officials, not just students

July 8, 2016
The recently released 2016 Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Michigan 40th in educational achievement in 2016. That’s down from a not-so-good 32nd in 2012. Read More

Without more state revenue, cities can’t thrive, talent won’t stay

June 10, 2016
For more than two decades, Michigan has made lower taxes and smaller government its primary recipe for improving economic outcomes. Read More

Prosperity’s core of success

May 13, 2016
The new path to prosperity is concentrated talent. Read More

Talent attraction should be top priority

April 22, 2016
In my last post we looked at data on how young professionals have far different preferences in housing than previous generations of recent college graduates. Read More

Emphasize downtown residential development

March 11, 2016
A core finding of Michigan Future's research has been that what made us prosperous in the past won't in the future. Read More

Why is Pittsburgh better off than Grand Rapids?

February 19, 2016
In Michigan Future’s latest report, “Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy,” we compare Metro Grand Rapids (Barry, Kent, Montcalm and Ottawa counties) to Metro Boston and Metro Pittsburgh. Read More

40 Under Forty class proves a point

January 22, 2016
Once again it was my honor to serve as a judge to select the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 under Forty class of 2015. Read More

Knowledge-based services are center of American jobs

December 25, 2015
What stands out in Michigan Future’s new report, Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy, is that in the fifth year of a national expansion –– and an even stronger domestic auto industry recovery –– Michigan, on nearly all key 2014 economic and education attainment metrics, is a national laggard. Read More

Decline in student testing will be Michigan’s downfall

November 6, 2015
There is lots of new data on student achievement by Michigan K-12 students, and it all comes to a singled conclusion: We are a national laggard. And that includes all kids — not just poor kids, minority kids and urban kids. Read More