Points of View

  • Seeing and Believing in a Better West Michigan

    Seeing and Believing in a Better West Michigan

    Months in the making, an upcoming Talent 2025 report provides comprehensive view of West Michigan talent system and the better future that is within reach.

  • In Search of Opportunity: The Importance of ‘Good’ and ‘Promising’ Jobs
  • Comparative Dashboard: Labor Force Participation

    Comparative Dashboard: Labor Force Participation

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

  • We Need a More Educated Workforce; Adult Education Is Key

    We Need a More Educated Workforce; Adult Education Is Key

    Adult education effectiveness and investment must improve significantly to increase the number of adults with both a diploma or GED and the employability skills and training to succeed in the workplace.

  • Increasing diversity of teachers benefits all students

    Increasing diversity of teachers benefits all students

    Michigan, like the rest of the nation, continues to see a disparity in representation of minority teachers in K-12 education. Studies seek to determine the root causes of those disparities and how to strengthen the pipeline in both recruitment and retention.

  • 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.