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.
March 24, 2015 | Phil Power
When political parties control who gets nominated for the state board of education and other policy offices, the candidates that emerge are too often the product of special interests.
March 10, 2015 | Phil Power
There’s compelling evidence that investing in infants all the way through age eight brings disproportionately high returns.
March 3, 2015 | Phil Power
Canadian officials overcome the Ambassador Bridge owner and the empty promises of Washington to get key economic project pushed through.
February 17, 2015 | Phil Power
Gov. Snyder’s push to put more money in higher education and early education programs shows an interest in what’s best for Michigan over the long haul.
February 9, 2015 | Phil Power
States like Tennessee have shot past Michigan in student performance by setting long-term policy goals and sticking with them.
January 27, 2015 | Phil Power
Governor cuts through the clutter and inefficiency of government operations to envision a more ‘human-focused” future for Michigan residents
January 6, 2015 | Phil Power
Even at $5 million a year, hiring a big-name coach like Harbaugh – especially one the fan base thinks will walk on water – makes enormous sense when you consider ticket sales and Harbaugh’s professed interest in academics as well as football talent.
December 16, 2014 | Phil Power
A cast of judges, lawyers and politicians united by a shared sense of responsibility helped usher the city through bankruptcy with remarkable speed.
November 18, 2014 | Phil Power
By giving residents a point person in their district to solve problems, Detroit finally may be moving beyond the frustrating bureaucracy of generations past.
November 11, 2014 | Phil Power
Republicans must quell disputes inside their own caucus and govern in a way that avoids the sin of overreach.
September 30, 2014 | Phil Power
Retiring Congressman John Dingell says his biggest accomplishments over nearly six decades in Washington were brought about by bringing people together for the public good. That same philosophy is now playing out in Detroit.
September 23, 2014 | Phil Power
Michigan’s future leaders could do worse than to take part in the Michigan Political Leadership Program to hone their skills as capable public servants.