Points of View

  • Out of jail, on the job: Everybody benefits by removing barriers
  • A Preview of the 2019 Talent Demand Report

    A Preview of the 2019 Talent Demand Report

    The sixth annual West Michigan Talent Assessment and Outlook report is available on our website today! This post will provide you with an overview of some highlights included in the report.

  • Talent Initiatives: MI Opportunity Scholarship and Michigan Reconnect
  • West Michigan’s Occupational Outlook Through 2026

    West Michigan’s Occupational Outlook Through 2026

    The State of Michigan recently released ten-year occupational projections for all regions in the state, shedding light on what the labor market will be like in West Michigan in 2026.

  • Workforce Development and the Use of Prior Learning Assessments
  • Median Age, How Youthful is West Michigan?

    Median Age, How Youthful is West Michigan?

    Median age, a metric provided in each year’s population estimates, can serve as an effective indicator of an area’s age profile.

  • Empowering the Middle-Class Workforce

    Empowering the Middle-Class Workforce

    Middle-class residents with relatively low education, knowledge and skills are losing economic relevance. As community leaders, we must recognize the root causes and act with a sense of urgency to correct it.

  • Economic Hardship Across Michigan: Perception vs. Reality