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

Michigan Future has completed the second annual report on Michigan's transition to a knowledge-based economy and what we found is stunning - the trends we have written about in our previous reports have accelerated in the downturn.
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Books to Read

I'm often asked to recommend books to read. When it comes to understanding the economy the two books that have helped me the most to understand the nature of the fundamental change we are going through are: The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. It still is the best book I know of to understand the big picture of what…

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Minnesota and Alabama, Part II

I previously wrote about Minnesota and Alabama having virtually the same unemployment rate at the time we published our last report. That had been true from 2006-08. But with the same unemployment rate, Minnesota had per capita income more than $8,000 higher. From our perspective it is clear that Michigan needs to move in the direction of Minnesota not Alabama.…

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Detroit Drives Michigan

The press coverage of the likely change from Detroit Renaissance to Michigan Renaissance included quotes from the organization's leadership that they believed that if you fix Michigan, you fix Detroit. We respectfully disagree! Is it Illinois that is driving the Chicago economy or Chicago that is driving the Illinois economy? What about Minneapolis and Minnesota, Seattle and Washington State, Boston…

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WILS Interview on Michigan Future, Inc.

Did a radio interview with Walt Sorg of WILS radio recently. Its probably the best summary I've done of what Michigan Future is all about. You can listen by clicking on the link here. The interview previews a presentation I did for a metro Lansing community forum. But its message applies to the entire state. There is no going back.…

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