ARTICLES

40 Under Forty 2016 class breaking mold

November 11, 2016
Once again, it was my honor to serve as a judge to select the Business Journal’s 40 under Forty Class of 2016. Read More

Better metrics needed to measure student success

October 7, 2016
The results from Michigan’s new, more rigorous standardized test were released recently. Read More

The good, bad and ugly of income inequality

September 2, 2016
Metro Grand Rapids’ economy was in the news twice recently. Read More

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