Every community in the U.S. is facing new technology-driven economic demands and pressures- most especially those who enjoyed success during the industrial revolution.

 Meeting these new demands will require a two-pronged leadership approach-- both led by private industry. Major employers will need to band together to give direction to policy makers and educational institutions. New company formation will require extra grassroots investment and support. I am super-impressed with Michigan's efforts in both of these arenas, namely those of Doug Rothwell and  Business Leaders for Michigan.

“Nearly every large employer in Michigan faces the same major challenge: talent attraction and retention," said Doug Rothwell, CEO of BLM. “We want to have homegrown talent sustaining our state’s productivity and continued economic growth, and to achieve that we need to boost the number of residents who attain a post-secondary degree or certification."