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

Michigan needs to learn a lesson about prosperity

November 22, 2013
Michigan Future’s new report, “The New Path to Prosperity: Lessons for Michigan From Two Decades of Economic Change,” is about how the American economy has been transformed from 1990-2011 — largely, we believe, due to globalization and technology. And how Michigan and Minnesota (the Great Lakes region’s most prosperous state) have fared compared to the nation over those two decades. Read More

Like it or not, Metro Detroit and GR are comparable

October 18, 2013
University of Michigan economist Don Grimes and I are working on our annual progress report on the Michigan economy. Read More

Is manufacturing a liability to West Michigan’s economy?

September 27, 2013
Michigan’s political leaders, on a bipartisan basis, have made manufacturing the linchpin of their plans for restoring Michigan to prosperity. That is particularly true in West Michigan. Read More

West Michigan college attainment gap is worrisome

August 16, 2013
The most prosperous places in the country –– without a lot of oil and natural gas –– are mainly larger metropolitan areas with a high concentration in knowledge-based services and a high proportion of adults with a four-year degree or more. Read More