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West Michigan companies will continue to add workers over the next two years, just not at the rapid pace they have in 2015.That’s according to George Erickcek, a senior regional analyst with the Kalamazoo-based W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Published in Economic Development

Diversity in the West Michigan economy will be the driving force behind growth in 2015. That’s according to George Erickcek, senior regional analyst at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The message was delivered to a crowd of business leaders at the annual West Michigan Economic Outlook hosted by The Right Place Inc.

Published in Economic Development

Manufacturing often gets the blame or the credit for Michigan’s economic situation, and the same could be said for the economy in Southwest Michigan.

Sunday, 04 August 2013 21:21

A tale of two (similar) cities

Perception is not reality when economic comparisons are made about Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Despite what on the surface seems like two different economic bases and two communities with divergent talent needs, the data show that Battle Creek and Kalamazoo are not that dissimilar, at least on paper. 

West Michigan’s comparatively strong economic performance this year can be traced back to its long-term strength in manufacturing.

Published in In the News

If nothing else, Chuck Hadden views Michigan’s rise in a national ranking of state business tax climates as further proof that the state is changing for the better.

Published in Finance
Thursday, 26 January 2012 11:16

State needs non-manufacturing jobs

The resurgence of the manufacturing sector, led by a strong recovery in the domestic auto industry, is surely welcome for Michigan after the loss of thousands of jobs over the years.

Published in Manufacturing

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