John Austin


A tale of two Rust Belts: Why Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo thrive, and factory towns struggle.

July 13, 2017 | John Austin

Cities with modern, diverse economies outpace places that are less-well-educated and more dependent in manufacturing.

Let's rebuild Michigan through its greatest asset: its water

April 7, 2015 | John Austin

With our rich water history, fantastic coastal properties, and the tremendous innovation horsepower among our companies, colleges, and people – the Blue Economy is Michigan’s economic sweet spot.

Constant tax cuts killing Pure Michigan

July 8, 2014 | John Austin

There is plenty of blame to go around for this diminished Michigan Dream. The biggest culprit is not the Great Recession, but the wrongheaded belief that cutting taxes will improve the economy.