Michigan hopes to become land of OZ with launch of its Opportunity Zone website 

Michigan hopes to become land of OZ with launch of its Opportunity Zone website 

While many Michigan’s urban cities’ economic recovery programs have gained momentum, there is concern those efforts may not be moving fast enough or are far enough along. Visibility is often a problem. Investors, entrepreneurs, community leaders, developers, builders and other critical stakeholders need to “see” incentives, in order to “seize” them, according to development experts […]

Help Wanted: 15,000 job seekers needed to fill jobs in Michigan’s Professional Trades

Help Wanted: 15,000 job seekers needed to fill jobs in Michigan’s Professional Trades

Years past, job seekers nearly always outnumbered job openings, particularly in the state’s urban centers. But this is not the case in the skilled trades industry today, which has plenty of top high-wage, high-demand Professional Trades careers left open – 15,0oo of them annually, according to current estimates. Gov. Whitmer call for 60 percent of Michiganders to […]

Smart Start: Early intervention and support for Flint youth

Smart Start:  Early intervention and support for Flint youth

New investments in early childhood education and intervention is welcome news to educators, healthcare professionals and parents facing lingering challenges associated with Flint’s water crisis. Timing is everything and, particularly, for Flint’s youngest residents, it’s critical, according to health experts who report that children who have been exposed to high levels of lead may face […]