Guest Column

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What would tariffs on auto imports mean for suppliers?

June 15, 2018
If you work in the auto industry — for an original equipment manufacturer, supplier or otherwise — it’s likely you felt shock waves as the White House announced last month its investigation into the national security risks imposed by imported vehicles. Read More

We would be wise to follow in Minnesota’s footsteps

June 8, 2018
For years, Michigan Future Inc. has used Minnesota as a comparison state because it is the Great Lakes state (taking weather and the excuse that Michigan can’t be like the coasts off the table) that has enjoyed the best economic outcomes, by far. Read More

Raise the Age to raise kids’ potential

June 1, 2018
As part of Youth Justice Sunday on April 29, I had the honor of speaking to congregants and community members at Fountain Street Church. Read More

Gov. Rick Snyder’s Marshall Plan will build talent pipeline

May 25, 2018
The manufacturing industry has a home — Michigan. Read More

Good-paying jobs key to Michigan’s success

May 25, 2018
The economic headline this month is the unemployment rate nationally falling below 4 percent for the first time since the turn of the century. Read More

Survey says IT budgets on the rise

May 18, 2018
In the first West Michigan IT Report, Worksighted anonymously surveyed a diverse cross section of IT leaders from dozens of local manufacturers, professional services firms, nonprofits, retailers and others. Read More

Public art is a defining urban characteristic

May 11, 2018
Many essential ingredients transform cities and create a powerful and lasting impression. Public art, especially thoughtful permanent pieces, are among the most impactful for enhancing the lives of residents, visitors and tourists, and creating a dynamic sense of place. Read More

Area’s entrepreneurial bridge builders are thriving

May 11, 2018
Recently, Start Garden announced the 100 ideas selected as part of its “100 Ideas/$100K initiative” — an intentional approach at diversifying the entrepreneurship scene in Grand Rapids (Start Garden's 100 Ideas invests $100,000 in these entrepreneurs). Read More

Know your waterfront property rights

May 4, 2018
Summer is on the horizon. In Michigan, thoughts may soon turn to spending time at your waterfront cottage, ready to enjoy a season on the beach and water. Read More

If everyone else jumps into a cloud, would you?

April 27, 2018
In the first West Michigan IT Report, Worksighted anonymously surveyed a diverse cross section of IT leaders from dozens of local manufacturers, professional services firms, nonprofits, retailers and others. Read More