One of the unfortunate results of the jobs and incentives race of the past decade has been the increased focus on business attraction as a magic bullet for economic growth. If there is one thing I have learned in the past 25 years as an economic development professional, it is that there are no magic bullets for economic growth.
Saddled with an aging workforce and an inability to find skilled workers, manufacturers on the lakeshore have partnered with educational leaders to create a new program designed to excite students about careers in manufacturing and create a self-replenishing talent pool.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 22, 2013:
The rapid pace of West Michigan’s economic recovery has been widely reported, but some questions still remain.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 8, 2013:
Manufacturers in Southwestern Michigan have had access to powerful workforce development tools for years. The problem: Not many of the companies were familiar with the services the state made available to them.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 20, 2013:
West Michigan’s only natural, deep-water port has the capacity to handle increased freight traffic.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 10, 2013:
New research shows policymakers could be ignoring a huge and important segment of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers as they apportion budgets for higher education.
The laws of supply and demand as they apply to the workforce are broken.
That nearly one out of every five graduates from Michigan’s top three research universities has started at least one business proves the need for continued support for entrepreneurism by higher education.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 28, 2013
Thanks to a combination of good weather, an improving economy and better promotion, the Michigan golf industry is well down the path of recovery and looks to tee off another strong season this year.
This is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 13, 2013: