It has a mission "...to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world-class community in a knowledge-driven economy." The non-partisan, non-profit Michigan Future Inc. features a leadership council with members from a wide range of area organizations, and its online component is filled with opinion and statistics that zero in on the challenges -- and the opportunities -- the present economic downturn presents. As such, I've chosen it as the "Arresting Site of the Month" for January.
Lou Glazer is the group's president and a co-founder, and is a frequent contributor to the site's blog. Glazer offered up his take on Michigan as a whole, and Detroit in particular, in a revealing metromode piece from September 2007, well before the financial meltdown in the fall of 2008. He has made 2010 predictions, which include his belief that Michigan's economy will improve only when we make strides in higher education.
Read about Michigan Future Inc's initiatives in three core areas, its numerous reports, and other information from an organization that clearly has a deep commitment to, as its motto states, "helping build a more prosperous Michigan."
Whether your favorite is Kirk, Spock, Picard, Riker, or another of the characters who have taken wing aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and other Starfleet vessels, there is plenty to entice you to beam down this year to the Detroit Science Center. I've not yet had the pleasure of attending the center's Star Trek: The Exhibition, but I'll see if I can make my way there sometime between now and September 7. I'm already married, but nine sci fi-loving couples are vying for the "Star Trek: The Exhibition Ultimate Wedding Package." Cast your vote by March 16, and may the winners live long and prosper.
Working diligently to "...become the world's foremost business
incubator, leading to an economic renaissance in the city, state and
region," a splendid organization has for the past five years led the
charge to inject new life into Detroit's economy which, in turn, can
help Michigan as a whole regain its footing. Wayne State University,
General Motors, and Henry Ford Health System collaborated in 2004 to
— located on Burroughs off Cass in the city's New Amsterdam district —
which continues to bring together entrepreneurs, students, community
partners, and others in order to promote growth in such industries as
alternative energy, life sciences, and advanced engineering. Thus, I
have selected its online component as February's Arresting Site of the