Economic Development


Concentrated benefits, diffused costs: How popular are public subsidies of private business, anyway?

January 27, 2017 | James H. Hohman

One way to find out would be to put these economic-development handouts to a vote. San Diego said no to a new stadium, but Detroiters didn’t get a voice on theirs.

Help wanted. Credentials required. Are Michigan job-seekers ready?

March 10, 2017 | Antoine M. Garibaldi

The evidence is clear: The jobs of the future will require post-secondary education, but our data is pretty dismal on that front. Higher ed of all types is the answer. 

Attracting out-of-state capital is critical for Michigan’s economy

June 2, 2017 | Maureen Miller Brosnan

Venture capital is essential to the state’s startups. But as in so many sectors of the economy, more investment is needed.