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.
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
March 1, 2016 | Phil Power
We are witnessing the slow deterioration of a political system that is showing itself incapable of governing our country effectively
February 16, 2016 | Phil Power
The catastrophe in Genesee keeps revealing itself, with lesson after lesson on how to miss seeing, and mishandle, a modern meltdown
February 9, 2016 | Phil Power
As we ponder conflicting accusations of who is to blame for the water disaster in Flint and the financial crisis in Detroit’s public schools, let’s also take a moment to consider some of the root causes that led to these emergencies and how to fix them.
February 2, 2016 | Phil Power
The fact Trump, Cruz and Sanders are all contending indicates conventional wisdom isn’t anymore, so all bets are off
January 26, 2016 | Phil Power
Emergency managers threaten the trust local residents have in government. They should be used carefully, with concern for the health and welfare of those affecte
January 5, 2016 | Phil Power
Bold public-private partnerships could offer a model for conserving Michigan’s ecologically important landscapes and the wildlife that live on the
December 1, 2015 | Phil Power
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November 17, 2015 | Phil Power
Ordinary citizens now trapped in endless pro- and anti-government arguments may suddenly be able to escape from that sterile maze, thanks to technology.