Points of View

Talent Initiatives: MI Opportunity Scholarship and Michigan Reconnect

In her first State of the State address, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called for a statewide postsecondary attainment goal of 60% – an objective much in line.

West Michigan’s Occupational Outlook Through 2026

Last Thursday, the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives released their regional employment projections for all.

Workforce Development and the Use of Prior Learning Assessments

Adults in the workforce gain critical skills with varying levels of formality – on the job training, life experience, military service, professional or.

Median Age, How Youthful is West Michigan?

Median age, a metric provided with each year’s population estimates on a national, state, and county-wide level, can serve as an effective proxy to aid.

Empowering the Middle-Class Workforce

Business, government and nonprofit leaders across West Michigan have collaborated in non-political strategic community assessment and action initiatives.

Economic Hardship Across Michigan: Perception vs. Reality

The recent Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan reveals some gaps in.

Population Growth in West Michigan Surpasses State

Each spring, the U.S. Census Bureau releases sub-state population estimates for the previous year, which contain new county-level population levels for.

First HireReach Cohort Leads Way to Better Hiring Practices

Hiring decisions are among the most important any employer makes. Unfortunately, hiring choices can be influ­enced by bias and other variables unrelated.

Reversing the ‘Brain Drain’ Is Just the Start

We have read the ominous headlines for years. Fair or not, Michigan became synonymous with Rust Belt “brain drain,” the idea that young, educated talent.

2019 ALICE Report: Who’s Struggling in West Michigan

Who is ALICE? Throughout West Michigan, as with the rest of the nation, there are many households who struggle to afford their basic necessities despite.