Center for Michigan Founder and Chairman Phil Power was the owner of HomeTown Communications Network, Inc., a group of 64 community newspapers in Michigan and the Upper Midwest that together won more state and national awards for excellence than any other group in the country. He sold his newspapers in 2005 and founded The Center in 2006. Power graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 1960, where he was editorial director of the student newspaper, the Michigan Daily. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in 1962-64. The former U-M Regent helped found the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and served as Vice Chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 29, 2016 | Phil Power
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November 15, 2016 | Phil Power
There is often a direct relationship between a candidate having a compelling vision for our society and the enthusiasm of the voter
October 18, 2016 | Phil Power
The RTA plan isn’t perfect, but it may be our last, best chance for moving our region forward.
September 27, 2016 | Phil Power
Here’s hoping the Senate won’t weasel out of a bill that makes lawmakers subject to the open records law. Lansing must also keep the rigorous M-STEP test, Michigan’s best bet for accurately gauging our students’ success.
September 6, 2016 | Phil Power
As the state continues to starve Michigan cities of needed revenue, two civic-minded philanthropists are working to ease the financial burden on their beloved Kalamazoo.
July 12, 2016 | Phil Power
History teaches that when political leaders are tone deaf, frustrated and aroused citizens often take things into their own hands.
June 28, 2016 | Phil Power
Reflecting on the special glories of a Michigan summer holiday
June 7, 2016 | Phil Power
It’s time for leaders in the legislature to put aside short-term skirmishes that produce momentary headlines and focus on longer-term imperatives that will leave a lasting mark.
May 3, 2016 | Phil Power
On a trip overseas, the perils of international free-trade agreements appear in China, and the wonders of a strong infrastructure unfold at 200-mph in Japan.
March 29, 2016 | Phil Power
If the experience in Flint teaches anything, it’s that when lots of local people complain loudly and persistently about things going wrong, usually there is something going wrong