Lou Glazer, President
Mr. Glazer is President and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit organization. Michigan Future’s mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan foundations.
His two latest report are: The New Path to Prosperity: Lessons for Michigan From Two Decades of Economic Change. And Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy. Both explore how well Michigan is positioned to succeed in a flattening world.
Mr. Glazer currently is heading efforts to organize leadership to implement a new agenda for a knowledge-based Michigan; and help start new high schools, at scale, that will prepare Detroit students, for college success
Prior to joining MFI, Mr. Glazer served as Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce during the Blanchard Administration. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan.
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Don Grimes, Research Consultant
Donald R. Grimes is a senior research specialist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research On Labor, Employment, and the Economy. His primary research interests are in labor economics and economic forecasting. For the past two decades, he has worked on forecasting labor market activity in the metropolitan areas of Michigan. He has worked for many years with the Michigan departments of Commerce and Treasury and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on policy analysis and evaluating economic strategies. He has also participated in economic studies designed to assist firms in their location and expansion decisions. He is co-director of a project to generate long-term economic and demographic projections for all of the counties of Michigan.
He works as a consultant with Michigan Future where he does all of its economic analysis and co-authors with Lou Glazer the annual progress report on Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy.
He has been involved in other research projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a partner with Regional Economic Associates and also works as a consultant for the Employment Research Corporation and Michigan Future, Inc.