Points of View

  • Comparative Dashboard Highlights

    Comparative Dashboard Highlights

    Talent 2025 selected six key performance indicators to measure West Michigan against 11 peer communities. With our 2018 Comparative Dashboard released today, we’ll take a closer look at progress in our region compared to our peers.

  • Learning from the First Era of Automation, Preparing for the Next
  • The Fastest-Growing States in the Nation

    The Fastest-Growing States in the Nation

    New population estimates will be released for counties, cities, towns, and metro/micropolitan statistical areas next month. In preparation, let's explore what state-level data shows about population growth across the nation.

  • Two Reports, One Conclusion: Talent at a Crossroads

    Two Reports, One Conclusion: Talent at a Crossroads

    In a report issued in January, West Michigan businesses identified talent as their top concern for 2019. A new forecast by a Grand Valley State University economist suggests they have the right priority.

  • Competency-Based Education Grows – Slowly but Steadily
  • ALICE: Who’s Struggling to Survive in West Michigan

    ALICE: Who’s Struggling to Survive in West Michigan

    The ALICE Project tracks the prevalence of struggling households across the nation, those who cannot afford to meet their basic needs despite a steady income. Today we’ll take a look at who’s affected in West Michigan, and how local employers are helping. 

  • As a Region and a State, Talent Is an Urgent Matter

    As a Region and a State, Talent Is an Urgent Matter

    As the Michigan Higher Education Attainment Roundtable makes the case for urgent attention to talent strategies, West Michigan proves their effectiveness – and the need for sustained, focused efforts.

  • Upskilling Leads the Way in 2019 Talent Trends

    Upskilling Leads the Way in 2019 Talent Trends

    Highlighting five talent trends for the new year, HR Dive says when skills are hard to find, employers will need to look for potential instead.