Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Christina Shockley is asking those in the know What’s Working in Michigan? There’s no better time to take a look at things that are already happening to improve our state’s economy and our lives. Here’s a snapshot of a few of the voices:
Linda Jones, the Executive Director of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council on Michigan Wine: Success in a Bottle: “It combines our second and third largest industries: agriculture and tourism. Michigan is a long-standing fruit-producing state, especially on the west side of the state, but increasingly throughout Michigan we are planting wine grapes with new varieties that are being developed.”
Scott MacInnes, the City Manager of Houghton on Turning winter in the U.P. into a tourist destination: “People around here live up here because they enjoy the weather. We do three or four special events in the downtown. We have Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival, which is a huge mid-winter festival for us up here. So we just have a lot of neat activities going on that really make the winter go by fast and make it enjoyable.”
Rick Wilson, Heritage Sustainable Energy on Wind energy takes off in Michigan: “One of the things that I like to think, and that I believe, is that it’s a homegrown source of power that is critical to our everyday lives. Traditionally, here in Michigan, 80 percent, I think, of our power, especially in Lower Michigan, is coming from large, somewhat archaic (not all of them, but, you know) coal-fired facilities. They may not even be located in Michigan. Some of them are located down in the Ohio River Basin and Indiana and surrounding states. So, to have, not only renewable generation here in our home state, but also just power that’s generated right here in our back yard is something that’s important for us as a community and as a state.”
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