Category Archives : This Just In

A Tale of Two States: Shareable Graphics for Michigan Future’s Latest Report 6

Michigan Future’s latest report looks at Minnesota, the most prosperous state in the region with the lowest unemployment rate, and the public policies that have helped it achieve that status. Below we will release shareable graphics that demonstrate some of the staggering data uncovered in the report. Follow the links below to download the graphics to share on […]



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

Michigan Future’s 2013 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 […]


Lou’s Alma College commencement speech

Lou delivered the commencement address to the 2014 graduates of Alma College. The speech focused on the job market the graduates are likely to face over the course of a forty year career. Making the case that the four year degree the graduates have earned is the most reliable path to a good paying career. […]

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

Michigan continues to have difficulty transitioning to a knowledge-based economy. In Michigan Future’s fifth annual report on Michigan’s transition, Lou Glazer details what states and metropolitan areas are doing the best and why.


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

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 […]

Lou’s New Presentation

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 […]

Paul Hillegonds: The Next Fifty Years in Michigan

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Lou’s 4th annual progress report presentation

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. Read through […]