Phil Power writes that he recently had dinner with a group of bright, enthusiastic young people, all about to graduate from college and excited about their future … and all planning to leave Michigan. He suggests that finding, attracting, nurturing and retaining talent is the single most important thing we can do – more important than any economic policy. He adds:
We’re urging out-of-state businesses to locate here, which is perfectly fine. But when our greatest resources of all – our talented young people – are choosing to leave, we’d do well to begin by selling them on our future.
We need to sell them on what we’ve got to offer internally before we can convince the outside world, and we need to do so soon, before a steady trickle of young career professionals going elsewhere turns into an unstoppable flood.
Read Phil Power: Michigan Needs to Keep its Young Talent Here in the Enterprise Forum.