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Lou Glazer’s interview on Stateside: Is college always the best choice for high school grads?

By • on February 27, 2014

President Lou Glazer sat down with Cynthia Canty of Michigan Radio’s Stateside, and Glenda Price, former President of Marygrove College in Detroit, to discuss the question: Is college truly the right choice for all high school grads? Are we overlooking the opportunities offered by skilled trades and other careers that do not require a degree?. Listen to the full story here.

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The New Path to Prosperity: Lessons for Michigan From Two Decades of Economic Change

By • on November 6, 2013

Michigan Future’s latest report examining how Michigan can return to prosperity reviews the changing patterns of employment and private sector income from 1990 to 2011 in the United States, Michigan and Minnesota. The lesson Michigan needs to learn is clear: The places that are doing best today and almost certainly will do the best in the the future are those states and regions that are concentrated in knowledge-based services, not factories. Read the press release here.

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See past reports, here.

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Lou’s New Presentation

By • on January 1, 2013

The below presentation includes updated data on the most and least prosperous states and identifies the characteristics of the states with the most successful economies. Together they make the case for a new Michigan. The presentation concludes with our new agenda: what Michigan needs to do to become one of the states with the most successful economies.

Making the Case for a New Agenda – 2013

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Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy: Fifth Annual Progress Report

By • on October 29, 2012

Michigan continues to have difficulty transitioning to a knowledge based economy which has led to Michigan getting poorer compared to the country. In Michigan Future’s fifth annual report on Michigan’s transition, Lou Glazer and Don Grimes detail which states and metropolitan areas are doing the best and why. To read the press release, click here.

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Appendix A1: General data on each state

Appendix A2: Per capita income component data for each state

Appendix A3: Change in per capita income components for each state

Appendix B1: Date on large metropolitan areas (population 1 million or more)

Appendix B2: Data on smaller Michigan and comparable Midwest metro areas

Appendix B3: Data on per capita income components for large metro areas

Appendix B4: Change in per capita income components for large metro area

Appendix B5: Components of transfer payments change 1990-2010, large and Michigan metro areas

See past reports, here.

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Paul Hillegonds: The Next Fifty Years in Michigan

By • on February 17, 2012

Paul Hillegonds – Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, DTE Energy and Board member, Michigan Future, Inc. – in celebration of Grand Valley State University’s 50th Anniversary was asked to deliver an address on what the next 50 years holds for Michigan. The speech builds on the work of Michigan Future. In it Paul describes his vision on where the state should head and what we need to do to realize that vision. The speech provides a road map for what really matters to position the state and its citizens for future success.

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Young Talent in the Great Lakes: How Michigan Is Faring?

By • on November 25, 2011

This report is part of the Michigan Future, Inc. New Agenda for a New Michigan project. Its focus is on identifying a path to better position Michigan to succeed in the flattening world economy of the future, a path that will return Michigan to high prosperity, measured by per capita income consistently above the national average in both national economic expansions and contractions.
Our basic conclusion: What most distinguishes successful areas from Michigan is their concentrations of talent, where talent is defined as a combination of knowledge, creativity and entrepreneurship. Quite simply, in a flattening world, the places with the greatest concentrations of talent win! States and regions without concentrations of talent will have great difficulty retaining or attracting knowledge-based enterprises, and they are not likely to be the places where new knowledge-based enterprises are created.
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Young Professional Households - LargeThis report is part of the Michigan Future, Inc. New Agenda for a New Michigan project. Its focus is on identifying a path to better position Michigan to succeed in the flattening world economy of the future, a path that will return Michigan to high prosperity, measured by per capita income consistently above the national average in both national economic expansions and contractions.

Our basic conclusion: What most distinguishes successful areas from Michigan is their concentrations of talent, where talent is defined as a combination of knowledge, creativity and entrepreneurship. Quite simply, in a flattening world, the places with the greatest concentrations of talent win! States and regions without concentrations of talent will have great difficulty retaining or attracting knowledge-based enterprises, and they are not likely to be the places where new knowledge-based enterprises are created.

Click here for the full report

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Lou’s 4th annual progress report presentation

By • on July 18, 2011

The following presentation is an overview of the 4th Annual Progress update on Michigan’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. The presentations builds on the ideas and research of the New Agenda for a New Michigan initiative. Lou Glazer, the CEO of Michigan Future Inc., regularly gives this presentation at talks around the state.

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Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-based Economy: Fourth Annual Progress Report

By • on May 30, 2011

Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-based Economy: Fourth Annual Progress Report
May 2012

This is Michigan Future’s annual report on Michigan’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. How well Michigan does in this transition will, in large part, determine whether we get more prosperous or poorer.

As we detailed in our 2006 A New Agenda for a New Michigan report, Michigan’s decline is caused, in large part, because Michigan – its citizens, enterprises and communities – has been slow to adapt to a rapidly changing global economy. Today, leading-edge communities are leaving behind the Industrial Age. They are adapting quicker and better to a more knowledge-driven and entrepreneurial economy: the flat world.

This report details what has happened to the national and state economy over the past decade. As well as details on what states and metropolitan areas are doing the best and why.

Click here for the full report

Click here for the executive summary

Click here for Appendix A1

Click here for Appendix A2

Click here for Appendix A3

Click here for Appendix B1

Click here for Appendix B2

Click here for Appendix B3

Click here for Appendix B4

Michigan Future Inc. has been providing high quality research publications to inform Michigan policymakers and the general public for nearly twenty years. Our research focuses on helping Michigan succeed in a knowledge-based economy and has themes that relate to the Michigan Economy, Attracting and Retaining Talent, and Preparing Talent.

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