ARTICLES

Regionalism holds the key to a successful economy

August 8, 2014
As I wrote in my last Business Journal post, the headline from Michigan Future’s just released report “State Policies Matter: How Minnesota’s Tax, Spending and Social Policies Help It Achieve the Best Economy Among Great Lakes States” clearly represents the starkly different path Minnesota has taken on state taxes and spending. Read More

Minnesota: A case study of prosperity

July 18, 2014
Michigan Future –– the think tank I lead –– has just released its latest report: “State Policies Matter: How Minnesota’s Tax, Spending and Social Policies Help It Achieve the Best Economy Among Great Lakes States.” Read More

Michigan needs to cultivate its design side

June 6, 2014
Upjohn Institute economist George Erickcek said in a recent interview, “If you ask me, ‘Do you think a designer is more important than an engineer?' The answer is yes.” Read More

Skill shortage likely due to lack of a decent wage

May 16, 2014
There is a lot of skepticism about a skill shortage in technical occupations — particularly in manufacturing — because employers seem to be doing the opposite of what they should to respond to shortages. Mainly, they are not raising wages and benefits. Read More

Michigan: a laggard, not a leader

April 11, 2014
Listening to the press, elected officials in Lansing and Michigan business leaders, one gets the sense that Michigan has one of — if not the — best state economies. Read More

The value of a four-year degree is over an entire career

March 28, 2014
The Grand Rapids Business Journal reported that Gov. Rick Snyder, at the economic summit he hosted in Grand Rapids, said: “Michigan education is “too often focused on a diploma or a degree, and not saying, ‘Are you career ready?’” Read More

The importance of being welcoming to all

February 28, 2014
In his latest State of the City speech, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell said: “Talent comes in all shapes and forms and colors and ethnicities. It is homegrown and it finds its way here from someplace else. . . . Read More

Central cities are winning the attraction battle

February 7, 2014
A central theme of our work is that the most prosperous places are big metros with a vibrant central city. Read More

40 Under Forty class headed in right direction

January 24, 2014
It was my great pleasure to serve as a judge for the Business Journal’s 2013 40 Under Forty class. Read More

Michigan’s job gap of 384,000 does not bode well for future

January 3, 2014
This year, of course, is an election year. We will be inundated from both sides on how well the Michigan economy has performed since the last election. Read More