The Detroit Free Press has a video feature University presidents talk Michigan’s economic woes, wherein Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon, University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman and Wayne State University president Irvin Reid discuss how our universities play a role in surmounting the state’s economic challenges.
In related news, 15 of the 20 lowest-ranking states in making the transformation from transformation from “smokestack chasing” to a global, knowledge and innovation-based economy are in the Midwest & Great Plains, according to The 2007 State New Economy Index Report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). It may come as a shocker to find that one of the Midwest states NOT among the lowest ranking is Michigan.
Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenbery spoke with Robert Atkinson of the DC-based ITIF. Atkinson says that Michigan has been a national leader in putting in place policies knowledge development, entrepreneur capital, education and workforce re-training. Atkinson’s relatively upbeat assessment came with a downbeat caveat that turning around a huge economy like the state of Michigan will take time.
You can get the complete report, The 2007 State New Economy Index: Benchmarking Economic Transformation in the States, from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.