Phil Power

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


Michigan races, funded by outside billionaires

May 29, 2014 | Phil Power

Rich donors and secret super PACS are setting the agenda in the state’s governor and senate races, making Michigan’s key political campaigns anything but local.

Flush with lilacs, Michigan blooms anew

May 20, 2014 | Phil Power

April may be the cruellest month, but its reward is May.

Detroit’s last, best chance lies in current crisis

May 13, 2014 | Phil Power

It’s going to take a long time to root out the damage Detroit has incurred over a half century. Here’s hoping the city, the region and the entire state have the fortitude, far-sightedness and patience to persevere.

A chance to hear Michigan’s real voice

May 6, 2014 | Phil Power

In an age of political microtargeting, Community Conversations show the face of Michigan

Why is this lesson so hard to learn? Education should be linked to job market

April 29, 2014 | Phil Power

Two generations of Michigan governors have urged the teaching of job skills to match the labor market, to little effect.

Boiled duck, angry bear and the remorseless twilight of arctic life

April 22, 2014 | Phil Power

More than 50 years after establishing a nonprofit for Inuit artists, a frigid return to Baffin Island.

Schools must work together in lean times

April 1, 2014 | Phil Power

As the Marshall-Albion merger shows, collaboration offers school districts the best option to conserve money while helping students.

Pay for roads and college now, or pay later

March 25, 2014 | Phil Power

Election-year politics shouldn’t trump legislators’ duty to do the right thing for Michigan’s future

John Dingell got things done

March 3, 2014 | Phil Power

For nearly six decades, Dingell worked with colleagues across the political spectrum. His departure pounds another nail in the coffin of competent government in our representative democracy, now quivering in gridlock thoroughly mixed with political narcissism.

Adding your voice to Michigan’s future

February 24, 2014 | Phil Power

Participate in the Center for Michigan’s web-based community conversations. Make your views heard. And help make Michigan a better place.

Before election, Gov. Snyder turns eye toward college affordability

February 10, 2014 | Phil Power

After seven years of savage budget cuts, the governor seeks a 6 percent hike in higher-ed spending, a cap on tuition and $65 million more for pre-K, moves that are politically shrewd and necessary for Michigan .

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures

February 3, 2014 | Phil Power

An unprecedented collaboration among Michigan’s most trust nonprofit news organizations will help state residents understand the roots of Detroit’s crisis and provide insights relevant to all Michiganders.

Record-breaking winter brings memories of Alaska

January 26, 2014 | Phil Power

This arctic January has all of us thinking back to winters past. Has the 'polar vortex' made this the coldest, snowiest winter for you? Maybe you should try winter in Alaska...