Items Tagged with 'Brian Long'


Regional business reports serve as a call to action

June 10, 2016
Brian Long, director of supply management research at Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business, has used the same adjective each month this year to describe the regional economy: flat. Read More

Forecast predicts favorable economy

Comerica update sees more jobs, less unemployment and higher housing prices.

February 26, 2016
Comerica’s latest economic update for the Central West Michigan area paints a rosy picture, with a forecast of continued increases in payroll jobs, reduction in unemployment and a rise in housing prices through 2016. Read More

Auto suppliers are enjoying an industry-wide resurgence

But if incentives can’t keep auto sales rolling, all bets are off.

December 18, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Since the Great Recession, the auto industry has been on an upswing, a positive change that’s been more evident in Michigan than anywhere else. Read More

Several looming factors signal economic caution

March 15, 2013
Think the heart of the economy in West Michigan and the nation is beating stronger? Read More

City manufacturers continue to invest

In 2012, industrial abatements alone led to $40 million in manufacturing investments.

December 29, 2012
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) In a recent issue of the Business Journal, Brian Long reported that manufacturers in the metro area are bucking the nation’s downward industrial trend. Read More

Small actions now beget big rewards later

October 15, 2012
Brian Long’s short-range economic forecast based on a monthly survey of purchasing managers (page 26) shows the regional economy is registering at the increasingly common “flat” level, but far more troubling is the report from Kent County Family and Children’s Coordinating Council, which has both immediate and long-term consequences — grave consequences. Read More