Bridge will help lead Michigan’s transition into a diversified, 21st century economy.


Twenty years after NAFTA, a mini Detroit rises in Mexico

September 25, 2014 | Serena Maria Daniels

Saltillo was once prized for its colonial architecture. Now, this Mexican desert city is flanked by a sprawling vista of tiny stucco homes, where first generation auto workers scrape to join the middle class.

West Michigan furniture giants praise NAFTA, even as they stick close to home

September 25, 2014 | Serena Maria Daniels

Steelcase moved manufacturing to Mexico to save on labor. Herman Miller and Haworth have largely stayed put, with few regrets.

Help Wanted: Yes, there really are 70,000 good jobs open

July 15, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Well-paying jobs in manufacturing, health care and engineering are plentiful in Michigan, but our high school grads still lack the goods to grab them. Experts urge more focus on raising math and problem-solving skills.

More money. More jobs?

July 15, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Southeast Michigan is poised to get a share of $1.3 billion in U.S. economic development grants. Lisa Baragar Katz, executive director of the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeastern Michigan tells Bridge how the money should be spent.

Cherry wars: The crazy economics of Michigan’s favorite pitted fruit

July 8, 2014 | Ron French

Cherries dumped in ditches? Polish imports? With the National Cherry Festival in full swing, one cherry producer is left with a sour taste.

Among an influx of scholars, an emerging new face of Michigan

June 17, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

The state’s colleges and universities – and even its high schools – are magnets for international students. Can they be persuaded to stay?

Michigan residents below average in 'real' income

June 3, 2014 | Rick Haglund

New federal income statistics allow workers and businesses to compare how far their paychecks will stretch in different cities and states.

Tension on Au Sable and Manistee rivers

May 22, 2014 | Jacob Wheeler

A conservation group squares off against Encana over frack drilling near a Michigan fly fishing haven.

Michigan’s fracking bonanza challenges state regulators

May 20, 2014 | Jacob Wheeler

Michigan has seen explosive growth in hydraulic fracturing, bringing a mix of high-paying jobs and environmental and health concerns to rural communities.