Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


The future begins with our children

August 10, 2018
Let me tell you about a young man named Jason. Read More

Economic well-being starts with education

August 3, 2018
The Federal Reserve recently published its “Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2017.” Its data comes from a survey of Americans’ assessments of their economic well-being. Read More

Construction site safety requires more than just a hard hat

July 27, 2018
There are more workplace fatalities in the construction industry than any other, according to a recent survey, underscoring the need for both construction companies and construction workers to make safety a higher priority. Read More

Cannabis industry coming to Michigan faster than a freight train

July 20, 2018
With Michigan revamping its 10-year-old medical program and legalization on the ballot in November, the cannabis industry has become the topic of many conversations in Michigan. Read More

Short-term vacation rentals battered in Michigan

July 13, 2018
Planning to rent a cottage this summer so your family can enjoy a little “Pure Michigan” time on the beach? Read More

State’s economy leaves too many behind

July 6, 2018
The Michigan Association of United Ways’ ALICE report is the best calculation of the proportion of Michigan households that cannot afford basic necessities. Read More

Finding the next generation of our manufacturing workforce

June 29, 2018
While economists closely follow the national unemployment statistics reported monthly by the U.S. Department of Labor, this does not always accurately reflect the challenges faced by manufacturing companies looking for skilled talent in today’s workforce. Read More

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