Guest Column

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Why business should say yes to a carbon tax

August 19, 2016
From global economic powers like the United States, Japan and Russia to developing economies like Rwanda, Bangladesh and Iran, more than 190 countries convened as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in late 2015. Read More

Sweat the details in your loan commitment letter

August 12, 2016
As the economy in West Michigan continues to improve, we are seeing more companies adding new equipment, expanding their office or manufacturing footprints, investing in new technology and welcoming new employees. Read More

Grand Rapids location is a recruiting tool for businesses

August 5, 2016
It is not a surprise that Grand Rapids has experienced impressive growth over the past five years. 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

Five things to do before buying property

July 22, 2016
It’s a seller’s market these days — or so it seems if you read the headlines. Read More

Business Journal cartoon hits, misses mark

July 15, 2016
The editorial cartoon in the May 23 Grand Rapids Business Journal aptly highlights the shortage of students electing to pursue careers in the skilled trades and in construction specifically. 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

Sky’s the limit for aviation grads, new airport board

June 24, 2016
As the 2016 graduation season comes to a close, most of us will have celebrated this important transitional moment with at least one friend or family member. Read More

Senate bills plug Michigan into a secure energy future

June 17, 2016
As someone who works in energy and whose company has successfully installed or helped reduce emissions on over 6,000 megawatts of Michigan’s electrical generation, I can say with confidence that Senate Bills 437 and 438 are business-friendly, customer-friendly and environmentally friendly solutions that secure Michigan’s energy future. 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